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Memorial for CSMA co-founder Memorial for CSMA co-founder (February 04, 2005)

Van Stone was honored by state assembly

By Allison Gerard

A memorial service will be held for Joan Kay Van Stone, co-founder of the Community School of Music and Arts at 3 p.m. on Feb. 12 at CSMA's Finn Center.

Van Stone, along with Natalie Werbner, conceived, founded and nourished the nonprofit community school that provides instruction in music and the arts to adults and children. Over the last 36 years, Van Stone ran the administrative end of the school. And last spring, the California State Assembly formally recognized the school's contribution to the area and Van Stone and Werbner as its co-founders.

"Joan nourished the school from infancy through the growing stages and until it's what it is today," said Mary Bender, former executive director of CSMA. "She was the visionary mother of the school. She had an idea of what she wanted, and she made it happen, not just by herself, but through others. She cared about the people who worked there as much as the idea."

Van Stone was born in Columbus, Ohio and died Dec. 15, 2004 in Washington, D.C. She was 74. She graduated from Ohio State University and received a master's degree in music therapy from Florida State University.

She moved to Palo Alto in 1967 with her husband William Van Stone and their children. Her accounting business provided services for multiple nonprofit organizations, including the Palo Alto YMCA.

Van Stone moved to Washington D.C. with her husband in 1989, where she became involved in the local chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She served as the full-time volunteer executive director of the chapter.

She is survived by her husband William Van Stone, her three children, David, Kathy and Lisa, and her two grandchildren Matthew and Alex.

The memorial service at CSMA will be followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to CSMA, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040l; Metro DC PFLAG, 111 14th Street, NW, Suite 350, Washington D.C., 20005; or to the American Cancer Society.

E-mail Allison Gerard at [email protected]


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