Always a smile, often a twinkle in his eye

Growing up with Beth Platt Garrow, I got to sleep over at the Platts’ house on occasion, and it would be hard to say which is the more delightful memory: Joe serenading us to sleep with salty sea chanties, accompanied on his guitar, or Joe whipping up pancakes with apple slices inside the following morning. Such a great mind, and a big heart, too. Always a smile, often a twinkle in his eye, and that lovely low voice. 96 years and so many thousands of lives enriched.

Anne Sontag Karch
Madison, WI