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Joanne Huchel

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March 18, 1951 - May 13, 2015 Joanne Huchel passed away at home in Los Angeles during the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Born March 18, 1951, Joanne grew up in Toluca Lake, and attended Buckley School and Curtis School prior to high school at Marlborough. Throughout these years Joanne was an avid skier, often "sweeping" the mountain with the Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol at the end of day. She was also an enthusiastic volunteer in the St. Joseph's Hospital "Josette" program. Joanne went on to attend USC, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Master's in Education. After graduating in 1972, she taught Math and P.E. at the fledgling Brentwood School, where she would work for 36 years. She became Dean of Students, a position for which she was mostly loved and sometimes feared. Many Brentwood students, parents and teachers became close life-long friends. After retiring from Brentwood, Joanne taught at the Child Actor Program in Universal City. She was also a member of the board of directors for the Dr. Phil Foundation, a charitable organization providing hope and care for disadvantaged children and families. For most of her 43-year teaching career, Joanne left for summer vacation on the last day of classes in June, returning just in time for the next school year to start. She traveled all over Europe, the South Pacific and Eurasia. She had many beloved friends in England, and wherever she traveled, she never failed to run into friends from Brentwood, Marlborough or USC. Joanne was a strict but fair teacher, who positively influenced hundreds of students, evidenced by the outpouring of love her family has received since her death. She was a true friend to many, for whom she would do anything. She is survived by her sister Jaclyn Johnson (Greg), brother Tom, many loving nieces nephews, and cousins, and by her faithful canine companions Lola, Logan and Mollie. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Dr. Phil Foundation (https://drphilfoundation.org/donate) or LA Animal Rescue (laar.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 28 to May 31, 2015
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