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JACOB, Joan (1900-1993)
Parents: Frederick Bowden RATTLE & Phyllis Harriet CATO
Australian Federation of University Women, Tasmanian Newsletter,
Nov 1993, Vol 33, No. 4
It is with great regret that we record the death of Joan Jacob (nee
Rattle) in her 93rd year.
Joan taught a Clemes College before her marriage to Den Jacob,
and joined TWGA (as AFUW.Tas was then known) in 1922,
remaining a member until she moved to Adelaide with her
husband in 1929. Upon returning to Hobart, she rejoined the
TWGA in 1935. During the War, she taught at Fahan, and later at
the Correspondence School, teaching English to migrants, many of
whom were befriended by the family.
In 1938, she had been one of two delegates to the League of
Nations Union and International Peace Council. Joan was elected t
othe Executive Committee of TWGA in 1940, became Treasurer for
three years in 1944, and was the only vice-president for three
years from 1946. Through her efforts in that year, Miss Pearl
Walters was elected to the University Council.
In 1982, the 60th anniversary of her graduation, Joan attended the
AFUW Diamond Jubilee Conference in Canberra, accompanied by
her grand-daughter Alison. Although for the past few years Joan
had been nearly blind and in poor health, she had many inner
resources including the gift of poetry.