Together we did. RIP Jean Booker

Jean Booker, undated

Jean Booker, undated

There is no mention of Jean Booker on the worthless Dayton Public Schools website. Or of her passing.

Forgetting those who came before, and what they did is a cardinal sin. It should not be my job to let the community know that a person who did as much for education in Dayton has passed- that job used to be done by the newspaper, but, well, calling it either “news” or a “paper” now is almost quaint.

I saw the one line obit in the paper last week. I, knew right away that a giant in DPS history had left the proverbial building. I waited. Nothing in the paper, nothing on the DPS site. Shameful.

I remember Ms. Booker as a school board member. Others remember her for her years as a teacher and administrator. I’m not qualified to write her obit- but I did find a few things online via Facebook that should tell you more than enough about her character and commitment to education in our community.

“BOOKER, Jean Daly Age 91-passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Hospice of Dayton.” is not enough. That services will be arranged in the future is not important. What is important is that she knew education. Read this letter to graduates that she wrote back in 1981 as principal of Fairview HS.

Together, Jean, we did. Thank you for your public service. I would appreciate anyone sharing Jean Booker stories in the comments.

thumbnail of Jean booker fairview grad letter

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Joni Watson
Joni Watson

Jean Booker was the principal at Fairview High School when I did my student teaching there in the late 70’s. She was well loved and ran a great building. I remember hearing stories about how she went swimming every morning before arriving at school. Her Assistant Principal at the time was big Lou Galiardi who had also since passed away. I learned a lot from them and have always remembered their kindness towards me. Rest In Peace Ms. Booker.