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Joan Fowle Miles

Joan Fowle Miles, American journalist, writer. Named Outstanding Citizen, Town of Burlington, 1976; Joan F. Miles Library. named in her honor Burlington School Committee, 1986, Carl Cyr award Burlington Business Round Table, 2003.


  • Miles, Joan Fowle was born on August 5, 1921 in Woburn, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Donald Adams and Ethel Adelaide (Wallace) Fowle.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, 1943. Certified in public, Radcliffe College, 1948.


    • Copy clerk NBC, New York City, 1943-1944. Editorial assistant Robert St. John, 1944-1945. Community relations consultant Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts, 1978—1995.

      Director student art project Lahey Clinic Medical Center, 1983—2002. Professional services chair Eliot Community Human Services, Lexington, Massachusetts, 1988-1998. Member legislation action committee Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, Newton, Massachusetts, 1994-1998.


    • Burlington The Growth Years
    • Approximately 260 pages full of articles and cartoons by the authors for the residents of the town of Burlington Massachusetts.
    • Author: Burlington--The Growth Years, 1990, Aftermath-The Last Twenty-Five Years of Burlington History, 1998. Editorial writer Burlington Times Union, 1964-1968.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    School building need and sites committee Town of Burlington, 1964-1968. Member Burlington School Committee, 1968-1986, Lahey Clinic Medical Center Community Benefit Initiative Committee, 1996-2002. Founder, president Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation/Dollars for Scholars, 1988-2003.

    Moderator United Church of Christ Congrgational, Burlington, 2000-2001.



    Writing, reading, gardening, working out, theater/dance.


    • Married Stephen Lewis Miles, September 8, 1945. Children: Joanna Miles Griffith, Dierdre Miles Burger.
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    • 1943
      Mount Holyoke College
    • 1948
      Radcliffe College
    • 1943 - 1944
      Copy clerk, National Broadcasting Company
    • 1944 - 1945
      editorial assistant, Robert St. John
    • 1978 - 1995
      community relations consultant, Lahey Clinic
      Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1983 - 2002
      director, student art project Lahey Clinic Medical Center