Joan Markley Todd

Los Gatos, California

1930 - 2019 (Age 88)


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Joan Markley ToddAugust 25, 1930 – August 18, 2019Resident of Los Gatos"If you study history and historians, you will begin to have the capacity for living intelligently." Joan Todd also believes that the evidence, methods and narrative requirements history requires are the single best basis for...

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Joan Todd was an original. She set a shining example of how to live fully, with intensity and passion. She was deeply principled and always stood for those principles. Her classes at SJSU were rigorous investigations that blended method with subject, demonstrations in how an historian should think. I feel so fortunate to have been her student.

I graduated from SJSU in 1969. She was one of my most memorable professors. This story of her life further amazes me.

While we always knew this day would come, it's hard to believe we no longer have this wonderful woman with us. Her intelligence, creativity, and excitement for her various passions were amazing, and a testament as to how marvelous life could be. My husband, David Apple, and I were lucky to be included in many of her New Year's Day parties, and truly enjoyed the eclectic gathering of both people and food. Jo was always a positive and encouraging force for her students and friends, and we have...