Hewette Elwell Joyce, Jr.
Hanover, N.H. — Hewette Elwell Joyce, Jr., known to friends as Hugh, passed away peacefully with family at his side in his home in Kendal at Hanover on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Born in Hanover on April 28, 1921, he was the son of Eleanor Russell Joyce and Professor Hewette Joyce, a member of Dartmouth’s English Department for 40 years.
Hugh grew up in Hanover, attended the Choate School and Yale University, Class of 1943. A history major and avid athlete, Hugh played collegiate varsity hockey and tennis. Following graduation, he joined the Marine Corps, receiving the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation for his courageous service.
Hugh attended Middlebury’s Graduate School of English at Bread Loaf, where he met his future wife, Barbara Boggs. Hugh started his career in publishing as a textbook editor and Program Director at Scott Foresman in Chicago and Boston. He later joined the Houghton Mifflin Co. to develop new programs and texts in economics and business administration. Living in Wellesley, Mass., Hugh was an active volunteer in town meeting, school, and church affairs and coached youth sports teams. He was co-chair of the METCO program, bringing inner-city children to the Wellesley schools.
Following retirement, Hugh and Barbara returned to Hanover, and enjoyed time at their vacation homes in Sanibel, Fla. and Nova Scotia. Hugh was a leader and Board member of the Upper Valley Hostel, providing affordable accommodation for patients receiving treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He taught English as a second language, participated in SCORE, sang in the University Chorus of the Upper Valley, served as president of the Hanover Historical Society, volunteered at DHMC, and was an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Other interests included reading, skiing, tennis, paddle tennis and, golf. His greatest love, however, was always for his family, of whom he was intensely proud.
He was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Joyce Stone of Milwaukee and his wife of 56 years, Barbara. He is survived by his four children: Stephen of Freeport, Maine, Sarah Fairweather of Wells, Maine, Catharine Brennan of Wayne, Pa., David of Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Hanover. A reception will follow at the Hanover Inn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: ST. THOMAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 9 West Wheelock St., saintthomashanover.org; the UPPER VALLEY HOSTEL, 17 E. South Street, uppervalleyhostel.org; or the KENDAL CADBURY FUND, 80 Lyme Road, kah.kendal.org/giving, all in Hanover, N.H. 03755.
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Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, N.H.