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James Michael Joyce ’67

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James Michael Joyce ’67, November 3, 2009, in New York City, from acute myelogenous leukemia. The son of a Broadway stage actor, Mike entered Reed intending to major in theatre but was drawn instead to literature. At Reed, he met Hetty Y. Eisen ’67; they married and continued their studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where Mike studied comparative literature. Mike served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, studying Cantonese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and later earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School that led to a career in real estate finance, including positions with Citibank, Trammell Crowe, and UGL-Equis. Sister-in-law Isabel Eisen ’72, who wrote to the college about Mike, stated: “He always talked about his Reed days fondly; was a real Reedie in heart and mind, as seen by his love of books, inquiry, history, literature, and rational debate, as well as business.” The family asks that donations in Mike's memory be made to the Hauser Memorial Library at Reed. Besides Hetty, Mike is survived by their children, Mary and Michael, and his brother John.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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