Trustee passes away after long battle with illness

Trustee Joan Ballots had been a board member since 1995.

The university announced on the passing of Board of Trustees member Joan Ballots Thursday, after a long battle with sickness.

Ballots, a third-generation Temple student whose grandfather was taught by Temple’s founder Russell Conwell, was a trustee since 1995, where she served on the selection committees for former presidents David Adamany and Ann Weaver Hart.

Ballots’ late husband, John Ballots played on the Owls’ basketball team before graduating from the Kornberg School of Dentistry.

Ballots and her husband were long known for their loyal support to the university’s basketball program, and their charitable donations toward student scholarship.

“Joan Ballots was a tremendous advocate for Temple University, especially the Kornberg School of Dentistry and our men’s and women’s basketball programs. I’ve worked with Joan for many years and will miss her passionate participation at our board meetings and her love of Temple,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor in the press release.

“She absolutely loved Temple University, she loved coming back an interacting with the students here,” senior vice president of university communications Ray Betzner said, “she especially enjoyed sitting down and talking with the members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams.”

Ballots and her husband, who passed in 1989, resided in New Canaan, Conn. The couple had no children.

John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.

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