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Joan Ann (Archer) Aldrin


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Joan Ann (Archer) Aldrin Obituary
December 5, 1930 - July 22, 2015 Joan Ann Aldrin (Archer), former wife of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, passed away peacefully from natural causes after a long illness on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Ventura, California at age 84. Joan was a very special witness and participant in history, adding her inimitable grace and humility to events that will be remembered for decades to come. She was born to Michael Archer and C. Evelyn Cleminshaw on December 5, 1930 in Paterson, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1951 with a degree in Dramatic Arts, and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Theatrical Arts from Columbia University in 1953. Throughout high school and college Joan was enthralled with the performing arts and acted in countless productions, including five seasons of summer stock theatre. She also helped found the Clear Creek Country Theatre outside of Houston, Texas. Continuing to pursue her passion for the stage until her last days, Joan directed a play reading group at her retirement home. The Theatre was her passion, and as fate would have it, her preparation for events to come. Joan married Buzz Aldrin in 1954 in Paterson, New Jersey. With the birth of their three children, Joan gracefully managed to keep everyone grounded in their down to earth family values while Buzz was preoccupied with the Air Force, fighting in the Korean war, writing his doctorate at MIT, and flying two manned NASA spaceflight missions, including the first mission to land on the moon. During that historic time of the Space Race, Joan was an iconic figure of poise, charm, and humility for Buzz, as well as America. The subsequent Apollo 11 World Tour and relentless media frenzy was a true test of character for Joan. She became the representative of a true heroic American wife dedicated to her husband and country. These exemplary qualities remained with her through the years of international recognition, and unbridled media scrutiny for the rest of her life. Following her divorce from Buzz, Joan took an administrative job at ABC television where she rose to a management position suiting her talents, and finally retired in 1998. Joan is survived by her three children, James Michael Aldrin, Janice Ross Aldrin, and Andrew John Aldrin; grandson, Jeffrey Michael Schuss and great grandchildren, Nathaniel Walter Schuss and Benjamin Philip Aldrin Schuss. For those wishing to honor Joan, the family suggests a donation to the . Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2015
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