Joan will be remebered for a thoughtful talk that was repeated several times over the years in order to motivate Soroptimists. The title of her motivational speech was "Soroptimist in Search of Identity and Purpose."
At the celebratory function of SI Tshwane's 10th Anniversary in 1997 the Tshwane Members honoured Joan and presented a certificate for Outstanding Achievement.
During her lifetime Joan received various Awards for her scientific contributions, amongst these was the Chancellor's Medal of the Pretoria University. Up to the time of her death she worked on projects and publications, above all she was always available to discuss and advise friends who valued her disciplined mind.
It is appropriate that the last award was conferred posthumously. Laurel Becker, President of SI Tshwane attended the Water Affairs "Women in Water Awards 2003" in Sandton with two SI Pretoria Soroptimist friends, Lily Gerdes and Helen Weich - Joan Whitmore's oldest friend in Pretoria.
The Joaris award was accepted by Prof Lily Gerdes.
Club President Laurel Becker sent the Citation for publishing on the Web.
Joan Whitmore was a great initiator. Once she was convinced of the importance of a mission, nothing would deter her form fulfilling it. She has numerous innovative actions to her credit. Her life was committed to research and various projects in which she invested her talents right up to her passing away in 2002.
Joan Witmore's approach was scientific and academic yet also highly practical and focused on relevant issues. Her seminal book on Drought Management on Farmlands is about the management of all aspects of drought, culminating in defining cardinal principles of it's management.
She managed many projects in the field of community and service, not necessarily related to water affairs but also, among others, relating to the elderly who wished to be active and intellectually stimulated.