Jean C. Netherton, 79, who retired in 1992 as a physical education professor at Northern Virginia Community College, died April 29 at her home in Great Falls. She had cancer.

Dr. Netherton moved to the Washington area from East Lansing, Mich., in 1967 and soon joined NOVA as an associate professor. She was one of the first women to serve as dean and provost in the state’s community college system.

In the early 1960s, Dr. Netherton taught physical education at Michigan State University in East Lansing. There, she became one of the first professors to incorporate instructional television into her courses.

Jean Carol McIntyre was a Chicago native and a 1953 graduate of the University of Arkansas. She received a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Illinois in 1955 and a doctorate in physical education, communication and instructional technology from Michigan State in 1966.

Her husband of 43 years, Clifford L. Netherton, died in 2010. She had no immediate survivors.

— Megan Buerger