Diane Page
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 9:00 AM

Dear Justice Page Families and Community,

It is with a heavy heart I share with you that Diane Page, Justice Alan Page’s wife of more than 40 years, passed away this weekend. I am heartbroken. This is a deep loss for our school community as well as for the larger Minneapolis community.

I first met Diane as students at our school worked to change our name. What stood out to me was her natural and genuine leadership, as well as her commitment to education and providing students every opportunity to succeed. While our school is named for Alan Page, Diane was the quiet force behind the Justice. She continuously supported his work and cemented his legacy.

For those who didn’t know her, Diane was an advertising executive who went on to pioneer the field of focus-group moderation. Many of the procedures and rules she developed are still in use today. With her husband, she started the Page Education Foundation, which offers scholarships and encouragement to students of color facing incredible barriers to attaining their educational dreams.

The impact she had on our school community and countless others will be felt for years to come. We’re grateful to have shared in her story, and deeply saddened by her loss. I, personally, was so impacted by her. I will miss her at morning greeters and like many of you wish that I had another Friday morning with her. I will forever remember her blowing me kisses while standing on stage in the auditorium of the school named after her husband. She brightened every room she walked into.

In the coming days, students will be able to send their condolences to Justice Page. For students profoundly touched by this loss, we will have supports available through our counselors and social workers. In addition, we will be working to decide how we will honor Diane and keep her legacy alive in our learning community. We will be laying flowers on the steps of the school on Friday morning to honor the life of Diane Page.

If you would like to send condolences, please leave them in the Main Office and we will deliver them. There will be no public service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Diane’s honor to the Page Education Foundation.

Thank you for your support of Justice Page Middle School, and for working with us to honor Diane’s memory. We are truly blessed she was a part of the Page school family.

Erin Rathke
Principal, Justice Page Middle School