Joseph Strain lived an exceptional life. As noted in his recent eulogy, so rich and varied were his experiences, Joe lived the equivalent of three lifetimes.

Joseph died on May 17, 2014 at the age of 93.

Joseph and Marie Strain c. 1950-500pxAs a Marine Corps Captain, Joe served as a dive-bomber pilot in the Marshall Islands during World War II, and fighter-bomber and helicopter pilot in the Korean War.

After the war, Joe earned a PhD in Educational Administration at Harvard. During a 43-year career at Suffolk University, he taught English and speech. At Suffolk, he held many leadership roles, ultimately becoming the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Joe was known for his kindness, compassion, and tireless dedication to improving the world. He was a champion of the civil rights movement, worked to improve conditions for students and teachers, and helped his wife Marie organize the Committee for a National Day of Peace.

Joe was also a dedicated supporter of Men With Heart. At his and his family’s request, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Men With Heart to support the battle against breast cancer.

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