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Who were Deata and Ockham, and why were they special?

Known as “Joy’s dogs,” Deata and Ockham were special because, while at Rectory School, they were guide dogs-in-training. Joy Daentl, Rectory’s librarian for many years, was a volunteer and raised young puppies, including Ockham and Deata (Rectory News, 1999), for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. Reporting to work at the Hettinger Library, the dogs would interact with library visitors. Many a Rectory student has had a hand in sensitizing “Joy’s dogs” for their important mission of partnering with and guiding someone who is blind or visually impaired. Do you remember Ockham and Deata, or how about Saara, Nelson, or Remus?

Photo: Rectory Archives, 1985

Campus Location:

Deal House

Contact Information:

Lisa Levesque, Centennial Coordinator

Rectory School Centennial
528 Pomfret Street
P.O. Box 68
Pomfret, CT 06258