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Joan Berkowitz ’52

Joan, a noted environmental chemist and former member of Swarthmore’s Board of Managers, died Jan. 22, 2020.

After graduating with high honors from Swarthmore, Joan earned a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, completing postdoctoral work at Yale. She spent 30 years at the technology consulting firm of Arthur D. Little, where she conducted research on high-temperature materials that were used in helping NASA develop its spacecraft. In 1986, she co-founded Farkas Berkowitz and Co., assisting companies in the environmental sector with strategic planning, profitability improvement, and commercialization of technology.