Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 2, 2012

Joni Finegold, 42

Andover — Joni Alicia Finegold of Alexandria, VA, lost her battle with cancer on July 26, 2012. Joni fought non-smoking related lung cancer for 18 months. She was 42.

Joni served the United States Department of State in the Foreign Service Division from 1992 to 1998. Accepted at the age of 23, she was one of the youngest people to ever be accepted into the Foreign Service—an elite program designed to protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. She was assigned to a hardship post as a Political and Economic Officer in Bogota, Colombia, during the height of the drug cartel in 1995 to 1996, where she traveled to work each day in an armored car. Joni also served as a Consular and Political Officer in London, England and Belfast, Northern Ireland from 1992 to 1994 during the violence leading up to the first ceasefire.

Most recently, Joni was an Adjunct Instructor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Joni attended North Street School in Tewksbury, MA, and South School and Doherty Junior High School in Andover, MA. She graduated Phillips Academy Andover in 1987 and went on to attend Barnard College and then graduated from the London School of Economics, majoring in International Relations, in 1991. She later received her Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in 2004 and was working towards her PhD in Political and International Affairs, also at George Mason.

Joni is survived by her husband Daniel Sachs and their two daughters, Lillian, 11, and Miriam, 6, all of Alexandria, VA.; her parents Sondra and Michael Finegold of Andover, MA; her sister, Diana Finegold of New York, NY; her brother, Barry Finegold, sister-in-law Amy Finegold, nieces Ava and Ella, and nephew Max Finegold, all of Andover, MA; and grandmother, Marian Shapiro of Coconut Creek, FL.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 29 at noon at the Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive in Alexandria, VA. The family will be sitting Shiva on August 1 and 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the home of Michael and Sondra Finegold, 11 Lavender Hill Lane, Andover.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ( and Phillips Academy Andover’s student financial aid program (