Joanne Louise McGrath Cohoon

JoanneCohoonProfessor Joanne Louise McGrath Cohoon, 61, passed away on February 14, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Joanne was a resident of Earlysville, Va. She and her surviving spouse, Jim Cohoon, celebrated thirty-nine years of marriage last August, and shared forty-two years of deep friendship. Joanne’s professional interests lay in promoting diversity in technology and overcoming societal barriers facing women in computing. She was a leader in her field and for her efforts she was awarded the 2015 Anita Borg Institute lifetime achievement award. Joanne greatly appreciated the education she received at Catherine McAuley High School of Brooklyn (class of 1972). It helped prepare her for her BA from Ramapo College (1976), MA from Columbia University (1979), and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia (2000). Joanne was a senior research social scientist for the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) and a full professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. Her mother, Gertrude McGrath, preceded Joanne in death. She is survived by her father, James McGrath; her sister, Diane McGrath; her sister, Anna LeGoff, and brother-in-law, Edward; and her sister, Carolyn McGrath. Family was very important to Joanne. She was the proud mother of James Cohoon, Genevieve Asher, and Johanna Cohoon, and proud mother-in-law to Helen Cohoon and Nathaniel Asher. She was the beaming grandmother of Helen Ann, Stellan, Josephine, and Axel. She is survived by many friends who meant so much to her. In lieu of flowers, which she knew many would want to send, she greatly hoped her family and friends would make memorial donations to the Joanne McGrath Cohoon Fund of NCWIT, Boulder, CO ( A memorial service was held at Buck Mountain Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 20, 2016. You can rest in peace knowing we will continue down the path you forged.


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