Joan A. Finn
June 13, 1948 - March 22, 2012
Joan A. Finn, 63, wife of the late Richard C. Squires of Rowayton, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012.
Born June 13, 1948, in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Josephine Alberta Spear and Henry L. Finn.
Joan A. Finn, D.P.E., was a Professor of Exercise Science and the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Southern Connecticut State University. A member of the Southern Connecticut State University faculty since 1976, her early professional experiences included K-12 public school teaching, and team and individual sport coaching at both the interscholastic and intercollegiate level. Dr. Finn taught undergraduate classes in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine as well as graduate courses in Heart Physiology, Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Adaptation to Endurance Training. She was a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
She spent her early years in Longmeadow, MA and summered in Wales, MA. She was deeply passionate about her field of study and teaching her students. She had a love of the Irish culture, birding, traveling, and nature.
Joan is survived by stepchildren Gary Squires, Cathleen Squires, and Pamela Reiss, and their children; aunt Helen F. Teskey; uncle George Finn, and many cousins. She also leaves behind many beloved friends, colleagues, and students.
Friends may call, Sunday, April 1, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 2, at 11:00 AM in St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the SCSU Foundation, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515. Attention: Development Office. Please mark Human Performance Lab Fund (HUMANPERF) in the memo section. Donations can also be made online at www.giving.southernct.edu.