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Longtime Tualatin Elementary teacher dies

Joy Lindner was known for using newspapers in her classroom curriculum
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A memorial service for longtime schoolteacher Joy Lindner, who died Feb. 19 of colon cancer, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Providence St. Vincent Medical Center's Souther Auditorium.

Lindner taught school for 35 years - 25 of them in the Tigard School District, at Tualatin Elementary School - and was named Oregon's Teacher of the Year in 1978.

'I always wanted to be a teacher,' she told the Times in 1999, by then retired and living in King City, on the ninth fairway.

Known for her use of newspapers in her classroom curriculum, Lindner was an exuberant proponent of the Newspapers in Education program.

'Joy was the catalyst for Newspapers in Education programs throughout the Pacific Northwest,' said Kevin Hohnbaum, circulation director and associate publisher for Community Newspapers, publisher of The Times. 'Her passion for teaching and desire to make learning relevant led Joy to create a series of curricula using newspapers as the central teaching tool.

'Joy often referred to newspapers as 'living textbooks' and could teach any subject matter and captivate the attention of all of her students using copies of newspapers as her only tool,' said Hohnbaum. 'Joy shared her love of using newspapers by volunteering her time outside of the classroom to show other teachers and newspaper circulation staff how they, too, could experience the thrill of NIE.'

Born May 12, 1929 in Watertown, S.D., she moved to Tigard in 1939 and grew up on a farm near Fanno Creek, just off what is now Hall Boulevard. She graduated from Tigard High School, located on the property now occupied by Rite Aid, at Southwest Main Street and Scoffins.

After graduating from the University of Oregon and doing a two-year teaching stint in Cottage Grove, where she met her husband-to-be, Richard, she returned to Tigard in 1961. They lived on a small farm on Beef Bend Road until her husband died in 1990.

After she retired from teaching her sixth-graders, Lindner worked part-time at the information desk at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, where she often ran into former students.

In the 1999 issue of Portrait, Lindner recounted the day in 1986 that she retired from teaching, after a quarter-century.

'I left with two boxes,' she said. 'And I drove away from that school and said, 'That was a good run; I wonder what's next?''

A complete obituary is on Page A12.