Alumni Hofstra Law alumna Joan Axinn '76 pictured on a poster from her 1992 primary campaign for the 4th Congressional District in Nassau County, New York

Published on November 15, 2017 | by LawNews

Hofstra Law Mourns the Loss of Alumna Joan Axinn ’76

The Hofstra Law community is saddened by the passing on Nov. 6 of Joan Axinn, 87, an alumna, benefactor and longtime friend to the Law School and the University.

Mrs. Axinn enrolled in Hofstra Law when she was 46, graduating in 1976. Earlier, she had earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University.

In 1992, at the age of 62, she ran for Congress at a time when there were few women seeking office. She was narrowly defeated in the primary to represent the 4th Congressional District in Nassau County.

“Joan Axinn’s life set an example for young people, in particular for young women, about the power of determination and education,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “Her deep connection to Hofstra, and the generosity of her and her husband Donald, ensures those values will be instilled in future generations of students.”

Joan Axinn Hall — the home of Hofstra Law’s Clinical Programs and Office of Enrollment Management — and the University’s Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library are emblematic of the generosity of Mrs. Axinn and her husband, University Trustee Emeritus Donald E. Axinn, to Hofstra.

Photo of Hofstra Law alumna Joan Axinn '76 (second to the right of the sign) outside Joan Axinn Hall, the home of Hofstra Law's Clinical Programs, with Dean Nora Demleitner (third to the right of the sign) and Clinical Programs faculty, staff and students
Hofstra Law alumna Joan Axinn ’76 (second to the right of the sign) in front of Joan Axinn Hall, the home of Hofstra Law’s Clinical Programs, with then-Dean Nora Demleitner and Clinical Programs faculty, staff and students

Mrs. Axinn also served on several boards, including those of Southern Vermont College and the Nassau County Mental Health Association.

She is survived by her children, Peter and Jamie Bauer; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Bauer; her grandsons, Grayling and Elon Bauer; and a large extended family.

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