Francis (Frank) John JOYCE

Aug 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

JOYCE–Francis (Frank) John, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, formerly of Morris Plains, New Jersey, died at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI on August 2, 2011. He was 89 years old.

Frank was born on June 1, 1922 and raised on a dairy farm in Montgomery, New York. He graduated from Webb Institute in February 1944. He was commissioned as Ensign USNR and coordinated the hull design of the LSM-60 vessel of the Cross Roads project. In 1947, he began his 43 year career with D.K. Ludwig in design, construction, and operation of oil tankers, iron ore and bulk carriers, some of the world’s largest in their class at the time. He initiated and coordinated the marine design and overall construction and start-up of a 750 ton-per-day pulp mill constructed in Japan and towed to the Jari River in Brazil.

He was Executive Vice President of both National Bulk Carriers and Universe Tankships and President of Harsimus Cove Real Estate. He retired in 1990. In 1978, he received the William Selkirk Owen Award from the Webb Institute in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to the profession and to his alma mater and received an honorary doctorate from the Webb Institute in 1997.

He was an active member for many years in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Mary Patricia (Pat) Hamill Joyce; brothers John, Richard, Thomas, William, and sister Alice. He is survived by his three children M. Tara Joyce of Oak Park, Illinois; Frank Joyce, Jr. (Katy Van Dusen) of Monteverde, Costa Rica; Patricia Joyce (Steven J. Slack) of Ann Arbor, MI; and grandchildren Helen, Francis, Richard, Connor, and Devin.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends for his kind and gentle manner, his humility, his genuine interest in and compassion for others, his great intellect and his wit. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York or Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) in New York, New York.

Published in The New York Times on August 8, 2011

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