May 25, 2016

Paul Joyce: 1958–2016

We are deeply saddened to announce that IMS member Paul Joyce, professor of mathematics and Dean of the College of Science at the University of Idaho, was killed in a car accident on April 22, near Orofino, Idaho. He was only 57.

An obituary on the University of Idaho (UI) website noted that Paul was “a committed member of our university leadership team, a dedicated scientist and researcher, and a valuable teacher and mentor.” Paul had just been awarded the honor of University Distinguished Professor, which he would have received at a ceremony a few days after his untimely death.

Paul had worked at UI since 1991; he was appointed Dean of the College of Science in 2013. His PhD in mathematics was from the University of Utah, and his MSc and BS, also in mathematics, were from Montana State University. He received several UI honors, including three Alumni Excellence Awards, the College of Science Distinguished Faculty Award and the Donald Crawford Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award. As dean, Paul led efforts to increase federal funding for research and education and address salary equity issues.

The UI obituary noted that in nomination documents for the Distinguished Professor award, “colleagues recognized Paul’s dedication to his field and his interdisciplinary efforts. He will also be remembered for his humor, charisma and devotion to math jokes.”

Paul is survived by his wife, Jana, and their son, Andrew.

The University of Idaho is setting up an endowment to support students in the graduate program that Paul helped to create. Read more at
A full obituary will appear in the Bulletin in due course.


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