October 2012 Issue
September 27, 2012


Source: NYSUT United

Joan Bonagura | Aug. 17
New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees

Joan was a modest and unassuming person who taught fine and graphic arts at New Rochelle High School for 20 years, guiding many of her students to study at Cooper Union College and to achieve successful careers in art.

Joan was a graduate and life-long supporter of Cooper Union. In her personal notes she wrote "There is a seat named after me in the Great Hall of the Cooper Union. I consider it my tombstone."

In life, her wonderfully imaginative paintings were widely shown in group shows. Her sculptures were reproduced and marketed throughout the country.

Until her untimely death at the age of 82, she was deeply committed to many political, social and conservation organizations.

In her retirement years, Joan was a "founding member" of QUEST, a peer lifelong learning group. She was the managing editor and contributor to the Q Review, the school's yearly publication.

Her remains will be scattered in Central Park where she birded and enjoyed the company of good friends.

Joan is survived by her partner of 42 years. She will be sorely missed.

She was a gifted and sensitive person; Joan Bonagura had a life well lived.

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