Emma Joy Linen Dana

Monday, August 20, 2018

Emma Joy Linen Dana, of Morristown, New Jersey, and Livingston, passed away on Aug. 6, 2018, at Spring Creek Inn in Bozeman, Montana, where she moved in January of 2017. Born in 1931 in Newark, New Jersey, she was the daughter of John S. Linen and Mary B. Linen.

After graduating in 1949 from Miss Beard’s School, Emma Joy attended Smith College. She left Smith to marry William D. Dana Jr., also from West Orange, in November of 1951. Emma Joy was a wonderful wife to Bill and a devoted and supportive mother to her four sons. Bill passed away in 2013 shortly after their 62nd wedding anniversary.

After Bill’s Army stints in Kansas and North Carolina, and graduate school in Boston, Emma Joy and Bill moved to Morristown in 1955. In 1969, they purchased a ranch south of Livingston, and divided their time between Morristown and Livingston for the rest of their lives. A woman of irrepressible energy, Emma Joy generously gave her time, enthusiasm, and managerial talents to a wide range of individuals and organizations. Among her early volunteer causes in New Jersey were the Urban League, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, The Morristown YMCA and the Junior League of Morristown, which named her Volunteer of the Year in 1970. Emma Joy also served as an officer and director of the Morristown-Beard School, the Harding Township Civic Association, and Macculloch Historical Museum. She also was the longtime Membership Chair of the Arts Council of the Morris Area.

In the early 1980s Emma Joy discovered Madison Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), including its historic Twombly-Vanderbilt buildings and campus grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. Emma Joy founded both the FDU Friends of the Library and the Friends of Florham, where she served as Board President from 1990 to 2008. The Friends of Florham continues to support FDU in the care, maintenance and historic preservation of the FDUMadison campus. FDU presented Emma Joy with its prestigious Founders Community Service Award in 1983.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Emma Joy began collecting 20th century avant-garde Czechoslovakian art. She eventually donated her collection to the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City and to Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where they remain available to the public and to scholars for research.

Emma Joy had many other interests, but art and fly fishing were most important to her. She had great talent in sketching, drawing, and painting. The rooms of her four young sons were decorated with her paintings. Emma Joy also created beautiful wood block prints, many of which she donated as illustrations to the book “Montana Spaces” in support of the Montana Land Reliance. Others were sent to friends and family as annual Christmas cards. Emma Joy and Bill were avid and accomplished fly fishermen, spending summer and fall at their ranch south of Livingston for many years, and graciously hosting fishermen and friends from all over the world.

Emma Joy and Bill were also committed to land conservation and were dedicated supporters of The Harding Land Trust and The New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The Montana Land Reliance honored them in 1991 as Conservationists of the Year.

Emma Joy’s immediate and extended family as well as the many people who knew her will miss her radiant smile, her energy, and her exuberance. She is survived by two of her sisters, Mary Alice Warner and Ann Probert; and by her four sons, Richard ( Kitty), of Bethesda, Maryland, John (Margo), of Bernardsville, New Jersey, Andrew (Susan), of Bozeman, and Gordon of New York City. She is also survived by four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Alexandra (Sandy) Halsey.

Interment will be private at New Vernon Cemetery with a celebration of Emma’s life to follow later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emma’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, found online at www.dokkennelson.com.

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