Jo Ann Boydston

Carbondale, Illinois


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Jo Ann Boydston Naples, FL

Dr. Jo Ann Boydston, professor, director, philanthropist and activist died Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in Naples, FL.

Dr. Boydston grew up in Poteau, OK, was proud of her Choctaw Indian heritage, and was a member of the Choctaw tribe. She entered...

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She will be missed. Her work on Dewey was invaluable.

I never knew Dr. Boydston. But I have benefited immensely from her work. I am sad to learn of her death. Anyone interested in pragmatism is deeply in her debt.

Jo Ann combined the highest professional with personal warmth, appropriate formality with just the right human touch, keen practical shrewdness with theoretical curiosity. Her role in overseeing the critical edition of John Dewey's voluminous writings was by itself one of the most important contributions to scholarship in the last century. Her efficiency was appropriately legendary, her class immediately apparent. Vincent Colapietro (University Park, PA)