Joan Ray, a plenary speaker at the 2013 AGM, cheerfully retired in December 2012 as Professor Emerita of English from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Joan remains President of the North American Friends of Chawton House Library. In retirement she is devoting more time to Grace Episcopal Church as editor of its journal and lector director.
ByRichard James Wheeler
Richard James Wheeler, now an octogenarian, flew with the RAF in WWII, after which he completed his qualifications as a Chartered Accountant, practicing his profession in business until the late 1980’s. A lifelong bibliophile, he encountered Clarke’s Friendship Book.
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers, whose mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius. We have over 5,000 members of all ages and from diverse walks of life. Although most live in the United States or Canada, we also have members in more than a dozen other countries.