When Joan Iversen entered a room you knew it: she had a larger-than-life presence. So it may be hard for people to believe that she was really a child once, like all of us. April is the month of her birth–she would have been 82–so it seemed like a great time to share some photos from her early days. Here are a few photos we’ve found — click on each to enlarge the images to full size.

Of course, it was her achievements as a teacher and a scholar later in life that brought her the most recognition. Please join all of us who loved and respected her in celebrating her birth and her contributions. Giving to the scholarship that we’ve established to continue her legacy is a wonderful way to celebrate who she was. Click this link for information on how to give (including online).

We would love to hear your reactions to these photos — please add a comment to let us know what you think. Which do you like the most and why? In which can you see the hints of who she would become decades later?

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