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Obituary for Jamaica RPCV Joan McFarland

Obituary for Jamaica RPCV Joan McFarland

McFarland retired in 1991 and joined the Peace Corps. She served in a Kingston, Jamaica, hospital as a nursing instructor and worked with AIDS issues.

Obituary for Jamaica RPCV Joan McFarland

Joan McFarland, nurse whose passion was training others
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wally Guenther
Plain Dealer Reporter

Oberlin- Joan McFarland, 79, a graduate of St. Luke's School of Nursing whose four-decade career focused on training young women in the field, died Sunday at Kendal of Oberlin.

She died of complications from a brain tumor, her family said.

McFarland was born Joan Gibbons in Cleveland and graduated from the old West High School. She attended Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) and received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Ohio State University.

She was a school nurse for several years for the Columbus district schools and was a hospital nursing supervisor. Her main passion, however, was teaching.

McFarland was a nursing instructor at Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, near Ohio University, where her husband, Richard, was a professor of electrical engineering.

She obtained a master's degree in education from Ohio University.

After she and her husband di-vorced, McFarland moved to California in 1977 and was a nurs- ing instructor at Point Loma Nazarene Uni versity in San Diego. She also earned a mas ter's degree in nursing.

During the 1980s, she worked for the federal government in Veterans Affairs as a nursing educator in VA hospitals in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, N.M., and Hampton, Va.

McFarland retired in 1991 and joined the Peace Corps. She served in a Kingston, Jamaica, hospital as a nursing instructor and worked with AIDS issues.

After serving in the Peace Corps for two years, she signed on for a monthlong freighter cruise down the western coast of South America. To her surprise, she was the only guest - and woman - on the cruise with 45 Italian sailors.

McFarland told her family she was old enough to be their grandmother, and she was treated like a queen. She told a daughter, "Now, had I been 25 years younger . . .!"

In 1994, she went to live with a daughter, Jeanne Hoopes, in Alabama. In 1997, the Hoopes family and McFarland moved to Rocky River.

A year later, McFarland became a resident of Kendal at Oberlin, a continued care retirement community.

McFarland was a volunteer at Family Planning of Lorain County and volunteered in many activities at Kendal.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

wguenther@plaind.com, 216-999-4875

Joan McFarland


Survivors: Daughters, Jeanne Hoopes of Rocky River and Laurel of Silver Spring, Md.; son, David of Juneau Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren; and one brother.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Kendal at Oberlin, Heiser Auditorium, 600 Kendal Drive.

Contributions: Christ Episcopal Church, 162 S. Main St., Oberlin 44074.

Arrangements: Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria.

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By Laurel (208-59-167-230.c3-0.slvr-ubr1.lnh-slvr.md.cable.rcn.com - on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 10:22 pm: Edit Post

My Mother, Joan McFarland, who passed away in February, always spoke highly of her experience in the Peace Corps. She entered the Peace Corps upon her retirement from the VA, and was sent to Jamaica. She loved her fellow Peace Corps Volunteers and the people of Kingston. She was a life-long inspiration to me, and I'm glad she could be part of the Peace Corps. Thanks for running her obituary on your website.

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