Joann Gilbert Kulman (BS Home Economics Education '54) passed away on April 27, 2012. Kulman grew up on a farm in Buffalo Lake, MN and earned her Home Economics degree at the University of Minnesota. She was forever influenced by the program's interdisciplinary approach and its design emphasis in the tradition of the Goldstein sisters.
After teaching high school English and Home Economics in New Ulm, MN, she worked as an interior designer at Schuneman's in St. Paul. Marrying and moving to West Virginia University, she taught design and earned a Masters of Home Economics Education in 1962. After moving to Virginia, she co-founded an art gallery, teaching design classes to the public, and started a family. In 1966, she returned to Minnesota, raised a family, and enjoyed dancing, politics, art, theater and design, regularly attending the Goldstein Museum of Design exhibits and events. She will be remembered for her playful creativity, everywhere living the Goldstein philosophy to bring "Art in Everyday Life."