Joan Clapper Wargo
was born on March 22, 1935. In 1955, she met Andrew Wargo, and they were married in 1960. Joan was a wonderful mother to her
children Timothy, David, Daniel, Elizabeth, and Jennifer.
Joan was a woman
of principal. She spent her life as a teacher and a healer. She was a proponent of peace, and loved all living creatures. Joan and Andrew instilled in their children a deep
appreciation for human life and a dedication for lifelong learning.
Joan worked full-time as a visiting nurse until April
of 2006 when she was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She received
state-of-the-art cancer care but the cancer continued to grow. She died peacefully
at home from pancreatic cancer on Friday, August 4th 2006.
Joan's life will be honored by Team MGH during the Lustgarten Walk for Pancreatic
Cancer in Boston, on October 15, 2006. Jennifer will briefly interrupt her research in gene therapy and immunotherapy against
cancer (at the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute) to join Team MGH for the Walk in October.
Please join Jennifer and Team MGH for this wonderful cause.