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Former Emerson Parents Leadership co-chair dies

The former co-chair of the Emerson Parents Leadership Council died unexpectedly November 6 while vacationing in Paris.

Ann Stookey, 60, a longtime Philadelphia-area resident who recently moved to Los Angeles, died of a brain hemorrhage as she and her husband, retired Comcast Corp. executive Joe Waz, traveled through Europe while visiting friends. Stookey was an accomplished choral singer who was active in her church choir. Last month, she participated in a recording session with Crossing, a professional chamber choir, according to her obituary on

Ann and Joe were co-chairs of the Emerson Parents Leadership Council in 2009–2010. They have a son, Jack, who graduated from Emerson in 2010. Survivors include her mother, Martha Ann Stookey, and two brothers.

A memorial service was held in Philadelphia on November 10.

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