A city girl who loved dogs, theater, Mid-Century Modern architecture, art and furnishings, Palm Springs California, Fiesta dishes, cheesy Christmas movies and cake. Joan was authentic and upbeat in every dimension of her very full life. Joan grew up in Tacoma Washington and graduated from Seattle University with a BS in Health Information Management. She was certified as a Registered Record Administrator and began her career as Director of Medical Records at the Astoria Hospital, and subsequently at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at OHSU. After her time at OHSU, Joan enjoyed a 28 year career with Portland Community College where she was both an instructor, and administrator. She was Chair of the Medical Records and Medical Assisting programs at the Sylvania Campus. She culminated her PCC career as Dean of the Allied Health and Science Division from 1994 until she retired in 2003. Joan was an active and valued member of the Oregon Health Information Management Association and awarded the Distinguished Member Award in 1990. She served on the National Board and on the Council for Education for three years. Joan was a Gordon House Conservancy board member and lectured on the subject in Portland and beyond. The Gordon House was one of her favorite examples of Mid-Century architecture. Joan pursued her interest in Modern architecture in Palm Springs, California where she was actively involved with Modernism Week, an event held every year in February celebrating Modern architecture. Joan was an integral part of the formation, design and implementation of the Double Decker Bus Tours. The Modernism committee will launch the first annual Joan Hayward Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour for Students on February 20, 2013. Joan volunteered at the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal hospital and supported Triangle Theatre and the Third Rail Theatre groups. She loved cooking for and knitting with her incredible circle of friends. Above all, she adored Momo, her Tibetan Terrier. She is survived by her dog, Momo and will be missed by us all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital. There will be a memorial in Palm Springs in March. Details will be posted at mylifeline.org/JoanHayward.
Published in The Desert Sun on Feb. 15, 2013