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Former University of Wisconsin Oshkosh education professor Joan Snook Timm, 91, died March 4, 2021 at home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

She was born July 24, 1929 in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art and art history. She earned a master’s degree at Wheelcock College in Boston, Massachusetts and an doctorate of education in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Timm taught at Wheelcock College before moving to Wisconsin. She began work as a lecturer at UW Oshkosh in 1984. She went on to become a full professor and served as chair of the educational foundations department. She received the Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award and other honors at UWO, including the John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship (award) for outstanding teaching, research, and service. She retired in 2000.

As an independent artist, Joan sold her paintings in Boston and Wisconsin. She authored two books: Four Perspectives in Multicultural Education and with Henry C. Timm, Athena’s Mirror; Moral Reasoning in Poetry, Short Story and Drama. Timm also published over 30 articles in professional journals.

She and her husband, Henry C. Timm, retired to Door County, Wisconsin in 2000 and enjoyed teaching winter classes on film, together, at The Clearing in Ellison Bay from 2002 to 2017. They were members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay.

Casperson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sister Bay is assisting the Timm family. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared with her family through her tribute page at