Obituary of Joan Theres Neustadt Weil
Joan Theres Neustadt Weil, 95, died Jan. 6, 2022, in Dallas. She was born on April 10, 1926, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to oil pioneer and philanthropist Walter Neustadt, Sr. and Doris Westheimer Neustadt. She attended Hockaday School in Dallas, Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, Monticello in Alton, Illinois, and the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. She was married and had two daughters, Andrea L. Aranson and Jan J. Leeds-Mitchell. Joan enjoyed life and lived it fully until her last days. She remained involved and engaged in his many and varied business ventures and civic work. She was president of Quad Decor Company in 1956, was a partner in the Neustadt Land and Development Company from 1975 to 2001, and owned JN Weil Appraisals from 1973 until her retirement in 1998. While in Galveston, Texas, she was very involved in many civic organizations. She served as chair of the Galveston County Disaster Committee for the American Red Cross, a member of the Junior League, the 100 Chamber of Commerce Committee, the Community Chest Board of Directors, and chair of the Public Health Department. and nursing from Galveston, Texas. She has also served as President of the Jewish Women’s Council, Vice President of Temple Sisterhood, Child Guidance Community Nurse in Ardmore, Oklahoma, President of the Women’s Council of Jewish National Hospital in Denver, Colorado, Board of administration of General Rose Hospital in Denver. , Colorado, counselor to the AEO sorority in Boulder, Colorado and distinguished member of the International Who’s Who in Arts and Antiques. Joan enjoyed meeting people and was always genuinely curious about them and their families. She enjoyed attending the Dallas Summer Musicals and was a regular participant for many years. She also continued the tradition, one started by her parents, of being a generous contributor and loyal fan of the University of Oklahoma. His family was responsible for the permanent endowment of the university’s Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Joan and her brothers also donated to OU for the expansion of the Bizzell Memorial Library. The expansion is called the Doris W. Neustadt Wing in honor of their mother. In 2015, she established the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation’s Joan Neustadt Weil Fellowship. The scholarship is awarded annually to two students pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma. Joan’s generosity has helped many other organizations and people, known and unknown. She never forgot her hometown of Ardmore, Oklahoma and she helped buy a house for those who needed a second chance and a place to stay.
She was predeceased by her grandfather, pioneer merchant, rancher and philanthropist Max Westheimer, her parents and her two brothers, Walter, Jr. and Jean. She is survived by her daughter Andrea L. Aranson and the love of her life, her granddaughter Heidi Aranson-Marchette, both of California, her daughter, Jan J. Leeds-Mitchell of Dallas, one brother, Allan Neustadt of Dallas, sister-in-law Dot Neustadt of Dallas, several nieces and nephews as well as many loving acquaintances, friends and caregivers. Submissions can be made payable to “DJCF, Weil Scholarship Fund” at 12700 Hillcrest Road, Suite 201, Dallas, Texas 75230 or payable to University of Oklahoma Foundation, 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019.
Posted on March 05, 2022
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