Joan M. Knoch, 77

Assistant at the Walters

April 14, 2007

Joan M. Knoch, a retired Walters Art Museum employee who had been a Johns Hopkins University researcher, died of Parkinson's disease Sunday at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 77.

She was born and raised in Montclair, N.J., and graduated from high school there in 1947.

In 1951, she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Goucher College, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

During the 1960s and 1970s, she was a research and editorial assistant to Charles S. Singleton, who was chairman of the romance languages department at the Johns Hopkins University and one of the world's leading authorities on Dante.

She had assisted Dr. Singleton with his translation and commentary of Dante's Divine Comedy as well as his revision of Paget Toynbee's Dictionary of Proper Names and Notable Matters in the Works of Dante.

In the late 1970s, she worked for the John Gach Book Service in Waverly. She went to the Walters Art Museum in the early 1980s and was assistant to the director of education there until her retirment in 2000.

The longtime Stevenson Lane resident was an avid theatergoer and regularly attended plays in Baltimore and Washington. She also liked attending theater festivals in Canada and the annual Spoletto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

She also enjoyed gardening.

Miss Knoch left her body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

Plans for services were incomplete yesterday.

There are no surviving relatives.

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