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Justine Joan Sheppard Pioneering lecturer, teacher, environmentalist Justine Joan Sheppard, a pioneer in the study and clinical practice of swallowing disorders, died March 31, 2018. She was 79. The cause of death was breast cancer. Her career ranged widely. She taught, lectured, and wrote...

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I am deeply saddened to hear of Joan's passing. She was a big influence in my personal and professional life as she was our consultant at WDC for many years. I learned so much from her and am so grateful for the time she was able to spend with us and for the way she aided in bringing the Speech Department to aid in improving the quality of life for all of the residents of WDC. Joan also enjoyed our get-togethers after work at local restaurants and we always planned to have another one after...

I just heard about the passing of Dr Justine Joan Sheppard . I had the pleasure of attending several of her presentations. I also had the pleasure of her assistance with several of my students as she would come in to do a feeding assessment and recommendations for treatment. I was truly grateful for her knowledge and expertise. What a wonderful full life she had and the amount of people she helped all over the world is to be celebrated over and over again.She will be sorely missed. I am...

I met Justine when she attended Teachers College and was researching infant oral reflexes for her doctoral dissertation . She was brilliant and intellectually persistent, paving the way for a great deal of what we know today about pediatric feeding and swallowing. A regular, down to earth, warm, authentic and intellectually honest individual, who kept learning and disseminating what information she had acquired. She was obviously meant to do great things and she did. Very sad but her...

Joan was a phenomenal person! Her passion for children with Dysphagia and their families and teaching others to appropriately assess and intervene with families was impressive. Her contributions to Dysphagia were significant. Joan was a loving, kind, and brilliant woman. It was a pleasure to know and learn from her.

I was fortunate enough to be in Joans first Dysphagia course at TC, she provided such a wealth of information in this new field, I was very inspired to pursue it further. Over the years we enjoyed having her as a speaker at Blythedale Childrens Hospital, teaching a new generation of therapists. With heartfelt thanks for all you have done, well miss you.

Joan I am so grateful for the opportunity of having worked with you as a professional mentor, friend and teacher. At WDC we learned so much from you and those of us who worked with you have become better therapists because of your influence. We also learned to be more compassionate as therapists and when teaching caretakers. Your legacy as a professional and as such a compassionate and dedicated woman will serve as an inspiration to all. May G-D bless you and may you rest in peace.

Joan was brilliant and yet so down to earth. I always loved seeing her at DRS & ASHA not only to see what she had been up to in research, but to just catch up personally! We have lost a great friend and colleague. I will miss you Joan! God Bless you!

Joan was instrumental in shaping the dysphagia evaluation and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities in state facilities in Virginia. She impacted the quality of life for so many people by training us. Her influence had a huge impact on SLP's that will last during their entire careers. She will be missed!
Liza Sanders
Lynchburg, Virginia