Joan Elaine Bannon

March 14, 1950April 13, 2018

Joan Bannon of Silver Spring, MD passed away on April 13 at the age of 68. Joan possessed a keen wit and inexorable commitment to the common good. After receiving degrees with honors from University of Michigan and Harvard, Joan served as a strategist and economist, most notably at the US Conference of Mayors. She is survived by her two sons, Andrew and Alex, and two grandsons. Her memorial will be held 2pm Saturday, May 5th at Warner Memorial Church in Kensington, MD.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 5, 2018

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Kathleen O'Reilly

April 26, 2018

Years before I met Joan, I, as did so many, often relied on her exhaustive research and compelling economic analysis when pushing for public policy to better ensure fair and vigorous competition. Working with others to break down massive amounts of data, Joan provided the substantive evidence of market concentration in the energy, housing, and food sectors at odds with Adam Smith’s description of healthy capitalism. Without such framework, proposed legislation, regulations, and methods for more effective enforcement would easily have been dismissed as wishful thinking. In the face of well financed industry lobbyists, highly funded political candidates, and hand-picked promoters including Milton Freedman, Joan used her gifts of intellectual honesty and tenacity on behalf of the public good for which we continue to be grateful. Unsurprisingly her sons Andrew and Alex mirror those very strengths. Undoubtedly her dear young grandsons will do the same and thus continue Joan’s legacy for years to come.

Diane Palmintera McCarthy

April 24, 2018

I first met Joan when I worked for her at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. I had just graduated from college and she had come there after Harvard graduate school. Joan was a young rising star -- a bright, quick witted economist, adventurous, and committed to liberal causes. We worked for a center Director, Reuben McCornack, who would become Joan's second husband (after Gary Bachula) and Andrew's father. We kept in regular contact after USCM, and I was privileged to be there at the birth of her second beloved child, Alex. I am sorry to say that the last few years we have not been in as close of contact, and I was saddened to receive the news of Joan's untimely passing. My memory of her as a keen witted, public-spirited professional and later as a mother who dearly loved her two sons, will remain with me and all who knew her.

Neil Bachman

April 21, 2018

Joan and I were cousins and only a few months difference in age. I have letters that my mother saved from her mother (my mother's sister) from when they were both expecting babies at the same time. As families, we got together frequently, from holidays at our grandmother's in Detroit to visiting her family in Dearborn, Milwaukee and especially in Port Huron. Joan and I enjoyed exchanging stories and playing board games. My most recent memory was visiting her in Silver Springs where we had a chance to get reunited and get caught up on some family history. Joan will always have a special place in my heart.

Mary Eccles

April 21, 2018

Before Joan and I met as graduate students, she'd spent a summer filing stories for the hometown newspaper in Michigan as she traveled throughout Europe. Right out of college, she was reporting for The Washington Post, and right out of graduate school, she was working for a congressional committee. Joan was a natural trailblazer -- incredibly resourceful and unfailingly generous. Her wit, curiosity, and adventurous spirit brightened our times together for more than 40 years. The vivid memories endure, and I can scarcely believe there won't be new ones. Joan left us far too soon, and I will miss her always.