JOAN MEYLER

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MEYLER--Joan. Beloved daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother Joan Bernadette Meyler of Brooklyn, NY, died on May 19, in California, at the age of 71 from complications of acute leukemia. Her generosity, love of learning, and concern for social justice shone through her life. After receiving a BA from Marymount Manhattan College, she served in VISTA and worked for the New York City Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she met her husband. After they married, she pursued a JD at St. John's University, then became an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before deciding to stay at home to raise her daughter. She later completed a PhD in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and taught courses on legal writing and related subjects for fifteen years at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the process aiding many students who wished to enter legal careers. Joan was also active in founding Cooperators United for Mitchell-Lama and was a tireless advocate for affordable housing in New York City. After her retirement in 2013, she poured her energies into reading stories and creating art projects for her adored granddaughters. In addition to her husband, John Meyler, and daughter, Bernadette Meyler, she leaves behind her mother, Helen Fischer, her brother, Walter Healy, her son-in-law, Matt Smith, and her granddaughters, Calliope and Minerva Smith. A memorial service will be held in Brooklyn at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please contribute in her memory to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.

Published in The New York Times on May 23, 2015