In Memory: Joan Fairchild

Memorial services are pending for Joan Fairchild, professor emeritus, College of Education. Dr. Fairchild, age 80, died April 6, 2012 at her home in Palmer Lake following a long illness with family members Lee and Dolly Fairchild by her side.

Joan Fairchild as photographed by Missye Bonds in 2011

Memorial services will be held at Dr. Fairchild’s Palmer Lake residence, amidst her beloved rose garden, in late May or early June.

At UCCS, Dr. Fairchild led graduate programs in special education and was the author and co-author of several large grants, including those that led to the Project EXCEL Centers now known as the Centers for Academic Excellence.

The family may be contacted at the following address:

Lee and Dolly Fairchild

P.O. Box 407

Palmer Lake, CO  80133

To see the obituary as published in the Colorado Springs Gazette, visit

3 Comments on In Memory: Joan Fairchild

  1. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Joan and her husband were so wonderful to me, when I started working at UCCS in the Print & Copy Sevices 29 years ago. They opened up there home to me. I miss them both.

    Debbie Young

  2. Joan Fairchild was one my mentors when I began my career at UCCS directing the Communication Center that was part of the original Project EXCEL Centers. I remember Joan as sincere, creative, enthusiastic, and supportive of colleagues and friends. The 2011 picture by Missye Bonds is wonderful; it captures Joan’s spirit beautifully. I look forward to seeing her friends and family at the memorial service.
    Sherry Morreale

  3. Joan McDaniel Fairchild was my first grade teacher at Whittier Elementary School in Denver, Co. I’m sorry to just learn of her passing. I will always treasure her memory as my mentor and friend.

    After many years of not seeing each other, I had the opportunity to reunite with her and we introduced our families to each other (my husband & son and her husband & daugher). My heart and prayers are with her husband and daughter and I pray that God continues to give them comfort & strength.

    Cheryl (Hall) Crump

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