Joan Genender was born in 1937 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, where she lived until her family moved to Toronto when Joan was 16. Her father was an insurance agent and her mother had a store called “The Joan Dress Shop”.  After graduating from high school in Toronto, Joan entered nursing school at Women’s College Hospital, leading her a few years later into Public Health Nursing. Joan moved to America in 1961 and married her husband, Larry, in July 1962 after a swift six month courtship. They settled in Brooklyn, and then Montreal for 11 years before moving to Dallas where Larry, a surgeon, accepted a job at Medical City. Joan has been inducted into the Temple Emanu-El Hall of Fame and has been very active in the Sisterhood, serving as president from 2003-2005. She has chaired multiple fundraisers and has initiated many new advancements with her wonderful leadership.

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