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Joyce memorial service scheduled

4/8/2001
April 9, 2001

A memorial service for the late Dr. Donald F. Joyce will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in Clement Auditorium.

Dean of Library and Media Services, Joyce died March 8, following a short illness. He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Mims, of Chicago, and her son, John.

Participating in the service are Evelyn White, APSU alumna and renowned pianist/soloist; Marjorie Mims and John Mims; Dr. John Butler, professor of biology; Dr. Murle Kenerson and Fletcher Moon, both librarians at Tennessee State University; and Ann Allen Shockley, retired Fisk University librarian.

The Rev. Jerry Jerkins, Clarksville, will read scripture and offer a prayer; Deborah Fetch, interim dean of library and media services, will discuss Joyce's many scholarly achievements; and Dr. Sherry Hoppe will give closing remarks.

Joyce, who had been an administrator since 1986, came to the University from Tennessee State University, where he had worked since leaving his employment with the Chicago Public Library in the early 1980s.

A longtime member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Joyce received the Distinguished Service Award in 1994. He was a well-know book author who enjoyed a 17-year partnership with his publisher, Greenwood Press.

Joyce earned a doctorate in library science from the University of Chicago, a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a bachelor's degree from Fisk University.

Both the University and larger community are invited to the service. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Clement Building.