03/26/05 - NNHS Newsletter
Mrs. Garland Conn

Garland January Conn
(20 Mar 1908 - 24 Mar 2005)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    If you haven't already heard, there is more sad news tonight.

From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 03/26/05 - 6:35 AM:

... some sad news for the newsletter .... Garland Conn passed away Thursday night. Large obituary in today's Daily Press.

   Thank you, Tom.

From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 03/26/05, 9:35 AM:

Hi Carol , I was saddened to read of Mrs. Garland Conn's death in this morning Daily Press. She was a great teacher.
I had her for Science at N.N.H.S.  She made learning fun and yet she was very strict.  Her son mentioned that she was
96 years old in his letter at the Class Reunion and the paper said she died four days after her 97th Birthday. What a
wonderful life she had, and the memories she left. She will be missed.  My Sympathy and Prayers go out to her family. 
She will be buried on  Easter Sunday.   Catherine Hudson

    Thanks, Kathy.

From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 03/26/05, 10:09 AM:

   You probably already know this, but Mrs. Conn died, four days after her 97th birthday.  What a lady she was!

    Thank you, Miss Sarah.  I'm sorry I missed your call.

From Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD - 03/26/05, 11:09 AM:

       I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but on April 24, Garland Conn (Coach Conn's wife) passed away
in her sleep.  The obit should be appearing in the Saturday paper.  Just thought you would want to know.  Hope
all is well with you.  Take care,
                                                 Diane Marcus ('69)

    Thanks, Diane.  Indeed it did.

Garland January Conn
1965 Anchor, p.27

January Conn


NEWPORT NEWS - Garland January Conn died Thursday night, March 24, 2005, peacefully in her sleep at home,

four days after her 97th birthday. A native of Suffolk, Va., she spent most of her life in Newport News. After graduating

from Westhampton College in Richmond, she married Julius Conn and began a 24 year career at Newport News High

School teaching History, General Science and finally becoming a Guidance Counselor. Garland was the first married

woman to be hired by the Newport News school system, and she and 'Julie' were the first husband and wife to work

in the same school. She was President of the Newport News High School Education Association, a member of the

National, State, and Local Education Associations, President of the Council of Jewish Women, and a member

of Hadassah, ORT, Rodef Sholom Temple and the Temple Sisterhood. Garland will be remembered for her many

accomplishments and her commitment to education and hard work. She will be missed for her wit, her wisdom, her

compassion, and her deep love and devotion to her family and many close friends. Preceding her in death were her

parents, Harry and Annie January, her brothers, Helvin, Herbert, and Carlton January, her sister, Maris January, her

husband of 54 years, Julius Conn, and her son, Julius Conn, Jr., M.D., of Chicago, Ill. She is survived by her son,

Harry S. Conn, D.D.S., and his wife, Ruby, of Williamsburg, Va.; her daughter-in-law, Anne Conn of Chicago, Ill.; her

grandchildren, Susan Italo and her husband, Ed, of Ojai, Calif., Patricia Morgan and her husband, Todd, of London,

England, Martin Conn and his wife, Heather, of Richmond, Va., Eric Conn of Washington, D.C.; her great-grandchildren,

Andrew and Marcus Italo, Jake, Brett and Wesley Morgan, and Celia and Julius Conn; her sisters-in-law, Dobbye Conn

and Jean January; and many nieces, nephews, and dear, dear friends. A special thanks goes to Mrs. Conn's caregivers,

Kathleen Speight, Elizabeth Jefferson, Syntheria Stanley, Linda Hicks, and Edna Edwards who made it possible for her

to live at home with comfort and dignity. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Rodef Sholom

Temple by Rabbi Gilah Dror. Burial will follow at Rosenbaum Memorial Park. Arrangements are being made by

Peninsula Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rodef Sholom Temple, 318 Whealton Road,

Hampton, VA 23666 or a favorite charity. After the funeral, family and friends will gather at the home of Harry and Ruby

Conn, 137 Randolph's Green, Williamsburg. Services will be held there Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m.

Published in the Daily Press on 3/26/2005.


Sending all our love and support. It saddens us that we are so far away at your time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love-as always, Kirsten and Dale
Kirsten & Dale Gibelyou (Bitburg, Germany, VA ) - March 26, 2005
To the Family of Mrs. Garland Conn:
I have fond memories of Mrs. Conn when she was a Guidance Counselor @ NNHS.
Mark Waggoner,
NNHS Jr. Class of 1971
Mark Waggoner (Hampton, VA ) - March 26, 2005
To The Conn Family:
Celebrate the life of mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I know that she will be missed and your many memories are of love and joy.
Michael D. Feldman (Monclair, VA ) - March 27, 2005
I did not have the privilege of knowing Mrs Conn. Dr. Conn has told me wonderful things about his mother.I know she was a beautiful lady and will be missed. Know at this time of sadness my heart goes out to all of you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Renee Seaborn (Newport News, VA ) - March 27, 2005
The great lady will be missed by the NNHS class of 57
Patricia & Barbara Meider & Bostwick (Hertford, NC ) - March 27, 2005
To the Conn Family,

My heart breaks for your loss. Mrs. Conn was very dear to me during my employment with Windward Towers. She was loved by all. She was a great inspiration to me. She will be missed by many. She lived a very good life and her passing was how she wanted it.
Kathy Bailey (Newport News, VA ) - March 28, 2005
We are so sorry that we missed saying Good-Bye. We have so many fond memories to keep. We will miss her humor and good will whenever the family meets. Love to all.
Bernice and Arnold Conn (Voorhees, NJ ) - March 28, 2005
A woman of grace, dignity and power. Her legacy are her students, her nieces and nephews, her children and grandchildren - we all benefited from Garland. Much love to her family. Stevie
Steve Conn (Seward, AK ) - March 28, 2005
Everyone at Danny's always looked forward to seeing Mrs. Conn and her good friend Mrs. Diamonstein. Mrs. Conn loved sharing stories about her family... her "grandchildren" especially!! She was a very special lady and will always remain in the hearts of those that knew her!
Debbie & Bill Vaccarelli (Danny's Deli) (Battery Park, VA ) - March 30, 2005

    I was never privileged to have Mrs. Conn as my teacher.  She was my mother's friend back when they were girls
at Westhampton College, and Mama always spoke very warmly and highly of her.

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Conn's family and many friends and former students at this time.


 From Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/27/05:

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Conn. I had her for 9th grade science, and she always took
pains to make sure her students understood the concepts she was teaching. She was strict, allowing no
nonsense in her classroom. But that made for a good learning atmosphere -- not strained at all.
Fortunately I got to know her and her husband Coach Julie Conn later in life on an adult basis. They were
both very warm, caring and giving people, not the gruff and stern people they sometimes appeared to be as
teachers. Mrs Conn was a charming, intelligent, well-read lady.
The world is lessened by her passing. The Typhoon community has lost a true friend.

   Thanks, Ron.

 From Jim Dick ('65) of FL - 03/27/05:

Mrs. Conn was a fine woman and a good teacher. I remember her as my homeroom teacher in junior and senior years and
as a lady at all times. Coach Julie and my dad went to high school together, and I always wondered how Julie and Garland
could hit it off being of such different temperaments. They were the true example of opposites being attracted, yet that very
difference is what made them complement each other so. He was the firebrand, she was the temperate one, but both together
had a synergy of sheer energy which could not be surpassed. And the love they shared had much to do with why they were
both such special people. Garland and Julie Conn were both of the "old school" where a statement and a handshake is all
that was needed for a commitment to stick. Sadly, this is so lacking today. I am sure she will have a place in heaven
with Julie and I'll bet they are dancing and laughing tonight. God Bless Her and my sincere condolences to her family!

   Thanks, Jimmy.

 From Joanne Kates Roos of VA - 04/01/05:

That is lovely of you to honor Mrs. Conn (with this Newsletter).  She had a long life and was always a
gracious lady. 

Joanne Kates Roos

   Yes, she was, Joanne.  Thank you.  I feel it is important to do this for her, as she did so much for us.

    Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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"Oseh Shalom" suggested by Diane Sandler Marcus ('69) of MD - 03/27/05.
Thanks, Diane.

"Oseh Shalom" midi courtesy of http://www.alanabrams.com/jewish.htm - 03/27/05

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