Mrs. Garland January Conn

b. 20 Mar 1908 - Suffolk, VA
d. 24 Mar 2005 - Newport News, VA

Westhampton College, B. A., Class of 1929

General Science

Wife of Coach Julie Conn, Mother of Julie Conn, Jr. ('50) and Harry Conn ('59)

1954 - The Conn Family - Harry ('59); Julie, Garland, and Julius, Jr. ('50) 1957 Anchor, p. 10 1961 Anchor, p. 26
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/16/04
WOWZERS!  Thanks, Dave!
04/27/04 04/27/04
1965 Anchor, p. 27 The Beacon - May 28, 1970 -
Special Dedication Issue
May 1979 - Westhampton College 50th Reunion, Richmond, VA - Garland January Conn and Julie Conn
04/27/04 Courtesy of Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 07/15/04
WOWZERS!  Thanks, Tim!
I found this in my mother's pictures.  I knew she had known Mrs. Conn while they were in college, but I didn't recall that she had seen them at the reunion.

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 07/14/03

Garland 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.

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.

- Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 03/27/05
Thanks, Ron.

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!

- Jim Dick ('65) of FL - 03/27/05
Thanks, Jimmy.

Gold Star of David clip art courtesy of - 12/26/05

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