In Memoriam: Joan Lee (Whitney) Sharp (B.S. Home Economics '59)
Joan Lee (Whitney) Sharp (B.S. Home Economics ’59) earned her degree with high distinction in what was known as the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics. An involved student, Sharp was the recipient of the Caleb Doer academic scholar award twice, a member of both Phi Upsilon Omicron and Omicron NU, and was also involved with two other academic honor societies that cannot be identified. She passed away March 7, 2012, but not without making a stamp on her communities.
Sharp’s teaching career spanned 28 years and included all levels from preschool through high school in Del Rio, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Bellvue, Nebraska; and the Air Academy School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1990, she received her Master’s Degree in Teaching Humanities in Secondary Education from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, presented to her by the commencement speaker, Jane Goodall.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, American Home Economics Association, Home Economists in Home and Community, El Paso and Colorado State Historical Societies, 4H, and many more. Sharp spoke and modeled responsible parenthood, early childhood education, women’s education, and full participation for all women in every facet of society.
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