I had the honor and pleasure of working directly with Joanne for several years and I considered a mentor and a friend.
Joanne had a quiet elegance about her and a strong commitment to justice, civil-rights, public service and good government. Joanne was people-centered and she positively influenced the lives of many people through her long teaching career and her civic activities. I know my life was made better having known her.
Joanne, you have fought the good fight. Now rest in peace.
I had the honor of being in Joanne's history class at Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
It was during the 70's, and I remember her opening my eyes to the many issues of the world both past and present. She was a tremendous teacher and she inspired me beyond words.
When I became a teacher (also at Poly), Joanne was my model for what made a great teacher. To touch, inspire, and create dialog were just few of her many gifts. So glad to have had the honor of knowing her.
P.S. I brought my very reserved second-generation Japanese-American dad to Open House at Poly. I couldn't believe my eyes when she persuaded my dad to try out the wooden rack [a medievel style device] she had displayed in her classroom!
Grace Tanaka Ross
Joanne Weinhof O'Byrne was a wonderful person who took a principled stand against injustice, anywhere. She was a friend to all people, all of the time. We will miss her courageous leadership, and wonderful smile. So long, Joanne....
Tomas and Ginny Gonzales
This saddens me to find out that Joanne has passed away. She was a topic of a conversation just this morning where I work at Bixby Towers where she had been residing. She had made many new friends there and also had many old ones that already lived at the Towers. Her loss will be felt by all.
Besides Joanne's activism, I shall always remember her as a gracious, caring, unassuming, nurturing, loving person.
I shall miss her presence at those gatherings where we came in contact.