As Remembered by Mildred Smith
I remember my first encounter with Joanne in the late 1980s at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. I had enrolled in her "Christian Classics" class. My first impression of Joanne was that she was bigger then life. She was/is a strong womyn with theatrical flair and knowledge of the back story of each classic. Her lectures made each reading come to life and enabled me to make a real life connection between the past and the present. Joanne also presented me, in another class, with the concept of God as a metaphor. It was through this consideration that I was able to connect with my own spirituality which had long been shoved to the side. She is an incredible teacher, mentor, and friend.
December 22, 2011