JOAN TOZZER CAVE
Of Westwood, MA, died on April 15, 2012, at the age of 90. She is the daughter of Margaret Castle of Honolulu and Alfred Tozzer of Cambridge, MA, and the granddaughter of George P. and Ida Tenney Castle of Honolulu. She was born in Boston in 1921and lived in Honolulu with her husband Philip E. Spalding, Jr. from 1940 to 1951. She was the U. S. Women’s Figure Skating champion in 1938, ’39, ’40 and the National Pairs Champion in the same years. She was captain of the U. S. Olympic Skating Team in 1940 and was inducted into the U. S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1997.
Joan was involved in philanthropic activities in Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She was a patron of the Honolulu Academy of Arts and a member of the Daughters of Hawaii, Friends of Iolani Palace, and the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society. She was a trustee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, serving as co-chair of the development committee, and a member of the hospital’s Heritage Society. According to the Brigham and Women’s Legacy Society, “She raised funds with the same focus and conviction that allowed her to trace perfect figure eights on the ice.” Joan was a member of The Country Club in Brookline, the Harvard Club of Boston, and the Outrigger Canoe Club.
Joan had passion for all sports, cribbage, and bridge. She will be remembered by family and friends as a remarkable, strong, outspoken woman of irreverent humor and tremendous generosity. Her story telling entertained and enthralled all, opening everyone to the fullness of her life.
She is survived by 6 children, Philip Spalding III of Honolulu, HI, A. Tozzer Spalding of Tucson, AZ, Anne Mock and Joan Spalding both of Longboat Key, FL, Susan Driscoll of North Oaks, MN, and William Lincoln of Newburyport, MA. She is survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
To view her obituary and write in the family guest book visit www.duckett-waterman.com. A memorial service in celebration of Joan’s life will take place on May 26 at 10:00a.m. at Dexter School, 20 Newton St., Brookline, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 116 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02116 or the Tamworth Foundation, P.O. Box 128, Tamworth, NH 03886.