October 11, 2012 | Volume 42, No. 41

Boan was educator, activist

Lola Boan was an advocate for public schools, universal college education and women’s rights, daughter Beckie Chapin said this week.

Lola Boan

Boan, 82, died of unknown causes at her Haines Senior Village apartment on Sept. 27.

“She worked with women’s shelters too, and as a lifelong Democrat, did a lot of campaigning, which being blue in red Arizona was not always an easy thing,” Chapin said.

  Boan’s role in the League of Women Voters’ successful clean election ballot measure campaign in Arizona in 1998 earned her a chapter in “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country,” published by the progressive political organization, MoveOn.org.  “Getting the necessary signatures in the heat of an Arizona summer was difficult, but many volunteers helped,” she wrote.

Boan moved to Haines a year ago from Sun City, Ariz.

In Haines, Boan enjoyed Baha’i Sunday services and talks, senior lunches and senior exercise class. She attended her granddaughters’ swim meets and basketball games.

  Lola Anderson was born in Red Oak, Iowa, May 30, 1930 to homesteaders Charles and Mabel Anderson,. At 17, after a year of junior college, she began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County.

At 42, after raising a family, Boan completed her bachelor’s degree in education. She taught elementary grades in Colorado, and continued to teach into her 60s in Sun City, where she moved in 1985. She was preparing for a move to Wyoming with the Chapins when she died.

  Family includes daughters Beckie Chapin of Buffalo, Wyo. and Karen Greene of Grand Junction, Colo., son Randy Boan of Windsor, Colo. and granddaughters Alexandria and Madison Chapin.

  Cards may be mailed to the Chapin family at 76 Park Lane, Buffalo, WY, 82834.

  Donations may be made to Hospice of Haines at P.O. Box 1034, Haines, AK 99827, or to Southeast Alaska Independent Living, P.O. Box 183.