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Dr. Joan Swalwell

January 1, 2019

1982 – Dallas, Texas

Joan Swalwell is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Northwood University in recognition of her service to education and voluntary leadership. She has been a supporting member of many charities, including the Dallas Crystal Charity Ball, the Dallas Arboretum and the Susan Komen Foundation. Mrs. Swalwell was the National Chair of the 5,000 member Northwood National Women’s Board and has been the chair and active member of the Dallas chapter of the Women’s Board. In 1987, Mrs. Swalwell received an honorary degree for her longtime support of Northwood University and its Texas campus. Tennis, snow skiing and historical restoration are her special interests. She and her husband, C.E. (Doc), have moved and restored several vintage buildings to their ranch where he has established a farm museum featuring early steam tractors and antique farm equipment. Joan is responsible for moving an historic early Texas chapel to Northwood’s Cedar Hill campus where it has been restored and is an actively used campus landmark. “It’s been thrilling to witness the impact of so many energetic, talented women in our city interacting with the high goals of Northwood University,” she states. “The people I have met working with Northwood have been high-minded and exceptional individuals. They have been charitable, interesting and fun. Certainly the time spent with Northwood has been a very fulfilling part of my life.”