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M. Joyce Hyman MacGregor ’53

September 30, 2018, in Renton, Washington, of breast cancer.

The only child of Roger and Charlotte Hyman, Joyce grew up in the Wallingford area of Seattle and forged a circle of friends in kindergarten that lasted a lifetime. After graduating from Lincoln High School, she headed to Portland to attend Reed, where she met her true love, Duncan MacGregor ’51. The diminutive Joyce (4' 11") had a big, fun-loving personality—the perfect foil to Duncan’s measured, academic, and serious nature. It was a match made in heaven, and they married in 1951. They raised three children and moved to Italy in 1972 with their youngest daughter in tow. This marked the beginning of four years of travel, adventure, new food, new friends, and some hilarious hijinks. 

After Duncan’s death in 2010, Joyce was active in family life until a recurrence of breast cancer in January, following a 20-year remission. To the end, she remained a person of grace, and slipped away quietly after a three-day hospitalization. Her children Jamie Deak and Roger MacGregor survive her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2018

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