Joyce Geraldine Gellhorn
Joyce Gellhorn, 77 passed away on July 27, 2012 after a lengthy and challenging journey with cancer. She was a long time resident of Boulder County. Joyce was passionate about natural history, environmental preservation, and education.
Joyce ,the youngest child of Ernst and Hilde Gellhorn, was born in Oak Park, Illinois, graduated from high school in Minneapolis, MN, then came to Boulder, earning her BA and PhD at the University of Colorado.
Joyce taught biology and botany at Boulder High School 1970-1990. She directed Project LEARN, a teacher enhancement program for NCAR 1991-1997, developing a program to enhance the teaching of middle level teachers.
She wrote science curricula for middle level and high school classes and authored three books: Song of the Alpine (2002), White-tailed Ptarmigan: Ghosts of the Alpine (2008), and Aspen Dreams: A Memoir (2012). She created a video, Ghosts of the Alpine, shown at the Estes Park Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival, and the Colorado Film Festival.
Joyce taught numerous field classes for organizations such as Rocky Mountain Nature Association and Boulder County Nature Association on subjects ranging from Identification of Wildflowers to Winter Ecology. She loved to travel; a one sentence bio of her reads: Joyce Gellhorn cross-country skis from October to June, backpacks from June to October, and travels the globe wherever mountains are found.
She is survived by son Vincent Greene, his wife Clare, twin grandchildren Mia and Russell of Boulder, step-granddaughter Leah Pantea of San Diego, CA; and son Ben Greene, and his wife Deborah, of Anchorage, AK.
A Celebration of Life took place at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station August 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Donations to the Nature Conservancy, Boulder County Nature Association Education Program, or Family Hospice may be given in her name.