Christendom mourns the passing of former board member Joan Janaro, who served as a member of the college’s Board of Directors from 1983-1994 and from 2002-2010. She passed away peacefully on Friday, July 3, at the age of 82.
Janaro first joined Christendom’s Board of Directors in 1983, undertaking the enormous task of revising the corporation bylaws, as well as serving as parliamentary advisor at regular meetings. A professional registered parliamentarian and an educator, Janaro served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors from 1995-2002 before she was re-elected to the Board of Directors for another 8 years. Janaro continued to serve as an Advisor to the Board until her passing.
Formerly a teacher, Janaro also worked as a lobbyist, researcher, writer, and lecturer on contemporary issues in education over the course of her life. Janaro earned an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Notre Dame Institute (now Christendom’s Graduate School of Theology), using her knowledge in catechetical work and study. She and her husband, Walter, who passed away in 2019, lived nearby in Arlington, Virginia.
Both of her two sons, John and Walter, graduated from Christendom. John served as an Associate Professor of Theology for a number of years, earning the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from teaching, while Walter continues to serve as the college’s Registrar and will soon be celebrating his thirty-eighth year of service to the college.
Janaro’s decades of service to the mission of Christendom will never be forgotten, with her impact continuing to be seen in her children and grandchildren, who are now beginning to attend and graduate from the college she gave so much of her life to. She will be sorely missed by the entire Christendom community.
May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.