Joanna Kellogg Uhry
February 15, 1937 – August 26, 2019
Joanna Kellogg Uhry died Monday the 26th of August from complications of Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. She was 82 years old.
Born February 15, 1937, in Charlotte, North Carolina to Barbara Mosenthal and Winston Trowbridge Kellogg, Joanna grew up in Birmingham, Michigan where she attended Kingswood/Cranbrook School. She attended Brown University, graduating with a BA in Art History 1959. She married Alfred Uhry, the playwright, the same year.
Joanna was a grade school teacher at the Calhoun School in New York City for many years. While there she developed an interest in learning disabilities and enrolled in a masters program at Teachers College. She went on to earn two masters degrees and an Ed.D in education at Columbia University. Joanna served as a member of the faculty at Teacher's College until she joined the faculty at Fordham University, where she served as a leader in preparing teachers at the Graduate School of Education for over 20 years.
The focus of her years of research was on understanding how to teach children to read. She was a worldwide expert in dyslexia, and authored numerous publications, including Dyslexia: Theory and Practice of Instruction. She was the Director for the Advanced Certification program in Literacy, the Initial Teacher Certification program, and coordinator of the Childhood Education program.
In addition, Joanna mentored numerous doctoral students and served as Chair of the Division of Curriculum and Teaching for four years. After retirement, Joanna was awarded status of Professor Emeritus at Fordham University.
In addition to her many academic and professional achievements, Joanna was an accomplished gardener, cook, ceramicist, painter, and weaver and had a passion for photography and directing family plays and home movies.
Joanna is survived by her husband, Alfred Uhry, and four daughters: Emily Uhry of Ridgefield, Ct; Elizabeth Uhry MacCurrach and her husband, Augie MacCurrach, of Wenham, Massachusetts; Kate Uhry, of Bethlehem, Connecticut; and Eleanor Uhry Burdett and her husband, Tom Burdett, of Weston, Connecticut. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Alene, Jim, and Eleanor Rhea; Madeline, Phoebe, and Grace MacCurrach; and Jane and Max Burdett; as well as two beloved sisters, Constance Casey of Northfield, Illinois and Emily Hackett of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.
A Memorial Service will be held later this fall in New York City.
Contributions in Joanna's memory may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd., SW, Lilburn, GA 30047 (lbda.org) or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, POB 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741 (michaeljfox.org).
Green Funeral Home of Danbury, CT has been entrusted with arrangements.
- Joanna is survived by her husband, Alfred Uhry, and four daughters: Emily Uhry of Ridgefield, Ct; Elizabeth Uhry MacCurrach and her husband, Augie MacCurrach, of Wenham, Massachusetts; Kate Uhry, of Bethlehem, Connecticut; and Eleanor Uhry Burdett and her husband, Tom Burdett, of Weston, Connecticut. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Alene, Jim, and Eleanor Rhea; Madeline, Phoebe, and Grace MacCurrach; and Jane and Max Burdett; as well as two beloved sisters, Constance Casey of Northfield, Illinois and Emily Hackett of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Joanna Kellogg Uhry
September 10, 2019
We are so sorry to learn of Jolly’s death. She was an important part of our lives for several years while Alex and Wendy were at Calhoun. I often think of her when walking down West End Avenue (which I have done more frequently lately on my way to physical therapy). I had wished I knew how to get in touch with her. Very saddened that I didn’t try harder. My sincerest condolences to all of you.
September 5, 2019
She was as generous and kind as she was bright and beautiful. Many of the flowers in my gardens came from her gorgeous gardens., and I will be forever grateful. My deepest sympathy for her husband and family.
September 3, 2019
We met Jolly and Alfred, when we were all very young married couples around 1960, as guests of our friend Bill Herrman at his house on the Jersey shore - then, over the decades we "grew up" together. We chose Jolly and Alfred to be our eldest child's godparents. Although we drifted away from being together, I have never felt apart and feel honored and pleasured to have known them both.
September 2, 2019
I remember Johanna when she was "Jolly," my art teacher from an extremely young age (and later my cluster teacher with Ralph in 4th grade) at Calhoun School in 1975. She was so young then but she was so unique and had such presence about her: focus, charisma and warmth. I remember her praising one of my first paintings on the easel and how happy I felt. I'll also never forget one remarkable moment: when she bit into a piece of clay to show us how it left bite marks from her teeth!
September 2, 2019
I was a student of Dr. Uhry in 2010 as the last cohort of the Hello Friend program. Her wisdom and passion of teaching educators on how to teach children how to read is something I still hold with me today. She has changed my pedagogy as an educator and I still use the strategies I have learned with my students. She was a gift to all of us who were blessed enough to be one of her students. As I hear about her loss, I cannot help but think of how many children in NYC she has helped through her teaching. Her legacy lives on in each one of her students and their students. I hope her family finds comfort that she will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything Dr. Uhry! ❤️