Joan Austin (nee Moyer)

We have sadly been advised of the death of Joan Austin, aged 92, in Georgia, USA on 29th January 2024.

Joan was a volunteer at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in 1962 and is remembered by the early European children with great affection. We know that she went on to work at another children’s home (Hutton Poplar) and is remembered by former wards there with equal fondness.

William and Leonard were fortunate to chat on Zoom with Joan in 2021. Joan was sharp as a tack and recalled many of her Pestalozzi experiences. One surprise was when she related a very specific conversation with one of the boys – and we realised it was Willi she’d been talking to all those years ago!

Our thoughts are with Joan’s daughter at this sad time.