From early on, I believe that Joanne saw the study of geology and paleontology as a given in life ‚Äì this is what she was meant to do. I don‚Äôt think that she ever wanted, or even thought about, any other sort of vocation.
It has never been easy for a woman to make her way in a man‚Äôs world, but Joanne showed that she had the qualifications, diverse knowledge and perspective to successfully manage the Weis Earth Science Museum. Through this opportunity, she had a chance to work with several aspects of geology and prepare exhibits that would make the public more aware of geology and how it affects their everyday life. In all of this, Joanne was a ‚Äúhands on‚Äù kind of person who had a keen eye for detail and knew how to display specimens for the greatest scientific impact, but to also make it fun for everyone. She was able to put people at ease and communicate her love of all things geological.
Joanne successfully conquered most of her personal, physical and scientific problems that she faced throughout her life. I believe we are all unique to many ways, but Joanne was truly one of a kind. She wasn‚Äôt confrontational, but she would take a stand whenever the situation called for it.
To the Mikulic and Kluessendorf families, I offer my sincere condolences. Stay strong Don and continue with Joanne's and your combined research.