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July 22, 2018

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August 8, 2017
Dr. Jean taught me to spin with a drop spindle and a spinning wheel. When I graduated, she gave me one of her spare wheels, and it's the one I still use. She showed me the basics of warping a loom, and taught me the differences between English and Continental knitting styles.
She taught me to read a knitting pattern and helped me through my first sweater and first pair of socks.

She was my honors thesis advisor as well as my advisor when I applied for (and won) the Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize. I won purely because of her advice with regards to grant writing.

She always had time for people, was happy to share her knowledge and her passion for crafting. Her house was a thing of wonder, filled with books and spinning implements and looms of various sizes.

I wish I'd taken the time to see her again.
August 4, 2017
I was saddened by hearing of Dr. Coakley's passing. Her class, "Mystery and the Detective", was one of the best classes I have ever taken in my collegiate life, and had been a springboard for continuing to read. It also has enhanced my critical thinking skills for when I watch movies and shows on TV. By reading the books used in the class, she pointed out what this clue meant and what that object meant, helping to enrich the reading and the understanding of the mysteries. I have even written some short stories myself. I am a slow reader but she was forgiving in that regard. I will never forget her class or her lessons. Thank you, Dr. Coakley, for the giving of your time, knowledge, and insights.
February 21, 2017
Jean Coakley was a wonderful woman. She really cared about her family, her dogs, and her students. For many years, Jean was my mentor and friend. I will never forget her.

Many people in her professional life treated Jean poorly over the years. It was very, very painful for her, but she not only survived, she showed them that she had a powerful constitution and that they could not get the best of her. In fact, after a lot of the turmoil subsided, she actually gave them the best from her. I always admired and respected Jean Coakley for putting positive actions over the negative words. When I had to deal with many of the same individuals and the issues as Jean did in her professional life, she inspired me to follow many of her life learnings. Jean Coakley was the definition of feminist. Each and every day, I am trying and doing my best as I perform as a shadow in her image. She helped a lot of people in her days.

Finally, the greatest thing that I will always remember about Jean is her depth of knowledge on so many topics. She certainly had a lot of hobbies. She was always cracking me up with her sense of humor. I always loved hearing the stories she told about Tom and her being stereo speakers for the kids one on each side during a discussion, and how the two of them were known as cunning wolves to her five very smart and intelligent children. Sometimes, I wish that I had been the sixth child. I will miss Jean terribly. Knowing Jean was to love Jean.

Susan A. Baim