William Borzon, 81, of Port Washington, died on July 31, 2006. William is survived by his wife Genevieve; his sons, William (Patricia), Bruce and Peter; and his grandchildren, Will, Rebecca, Sarah, Jeanette, Michael, Patricia and Catherine. He is also survived by his siblings, Edward, Raymond, Marie and Lillian; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment Nassau Knolls Cemetery.
Roxee Ward Joly, former high school superintendent for the western Brooklyn and Staten Island High Schools in New York City, died on July 31, 2006 in Port Washington after a brief illness. She was 91 years old. A Port Washington resident since 1952, Mrs. Joly resided at Sterling Glen in Glen Cove for the past five years.
Mrs. Joly was well known for her distinguished professional achievements both in the New York City school system and in various national organizations. Born in 1914 in Albany, orphaned at a young age and brought to New York City by her maiden aunts so she could receive a "proper education," Mrs. Joly attended Hunter High School, where she was voted the best all-around student at graduation. She attended Hunter College where she graduated magna cum laude, first in a class of 550, and received Hunter's amethyst H-pin for her academic achievements. Following Hunter, she continued on to receive her MS in mathematics at Columbia.
After Columbia, Mrs. Joly taught math in various New York City high schools and then served for 12 years as chairman of the Math Department at Walton High School. In the fall of 1964 she was appointed principal of Julia Richman High School in Manhattan, where she was known for her introduction of innovative programs to the curriculum: medical technology, child care, food service. She continued her forward momentum with a move to John Bowne High School in 1969. In 1972, she was the first woman to be elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals (NASSP).
In 1973, Mrs. Joly became one of 16 US educators invited inside the Peoples Republic of China by the Chinese government to see their education programs. Following her trip she published, A First Look at Education in the Peoples Republic of China.
Named high school superintendent for western Brooklyn and Staten Island high schools in 1973, Mrs. Joly wrote the 1975 NASSP booklet on reform of secondary education, This We Believe.
Among her many credits, Mrs. Joly was the recipient of Hunter College's Distinguished Professional Achievement Awards; was a member of the Hunter Hall of Fame; a longtime member of St. Stephen's Church in Port Washington; a distinguished member and chapter president of the AAUW; a former president and alumnae of Alpha Gamma Delta; former president and treasurer of the Cow Neck Historical Society; member of the Port Washington Yacht Club; and an author of many booklets on mathematics and education.
Mrs. Joly is survived by her sons, Arthur and Paul Joly and their families in California and New Jersey. Paul F. Joly, her husband of 45 years, preceded her in death in 1982.
Donations in her memory to the AAUW Educational Foundation, 1111 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 for Roxee Joly-Northshore, LI, NY Branch, would be greatly appreciated.