Retired Professor Joan Greenwood
May 20, 2004 :: No. 253
Joan Greenwood, emerita professor of English
and comparative literature at Cal State Fullerton, died today at
St. Jude Medical Center from pancreatitis. The Fullerton resident
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday,
May 25, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1231 E. Chapman Ave. in
Fullerton. A reception will follow at the home of her daughter in
Greenwood first joined the Cal State Fullerton faculty
in 1963 and was honored in 2001 as the recipient of the university’s
Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance Award. She was named
emerita professor in 1996.
In her nearly four decades of service at Cal State Fullerton, she
taught many courses in American literature, Asian literature in
translation and composition. Among her publications are haiku and
articles about the late novelist Edith Wharton.
She chaired the English and Comparative Literature
Department from 1970-73 and served on various university committees
and organizations, including nine years on the Faculty Council (now
known as the Academic Senate), which she chaired from 1969-70. In
addition, she served 18 years as a member of the Health Professions
Committee. Greenwood received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley
College, and her master’s degree and doctorate from Stanford
University in 1962.
Born in Montreal, Canada, she served on the faculty
of Kobe Women’s College in Nishinomiya, Japan, from 1958-60.
She also taught at Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois, from
She enjoyed traveling with her family, art and doting
on her cats. A self-described ailurophile—a lover of cats—she
was “mom” to a series of feline friends. Greenwood is
survived by John, her husband of more than 50 years, and their two
grown children, Neil and Mary.
Because Greenwood was so grateful for the financial
assistance she received from Stanford University, her alma mater,
the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made
to the English Department at Stanford University. Contributions
can be sent in care of Gift Processing, Office of Development, Frances
C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105.
||Joseph Sawicki, chair and professor
English, comparative literature and linguistics, at 657-278-3163
Valerie Orleans, Public Affairs, 657-278-4540
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