Glenn Joyce 1939 – 2011

Dec 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Glenn Joyce of Alexandria died at 72 on December 4, 2011, after a five-year battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 10, at 3 p.m. at Collingwood Library and Museum, 8301 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria. Come and share your memories of his life and work.

Glenn was a senior research physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He developed and implemented numerical plasma simulations and theorized the underlying physical systems. In his last years he helped to develop the most advanced ionosphere models in the world. The author of more than 120 scientific publications, Glenn became a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1989.

Born June 24, 1939, in St. Louis, Glenn attended high school in Sikeston, MO. He received a B.S. in 1961 from Central College in Fayette, MO, where he met his wife of 49 years, the former Anne Raine. After earning his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 1966, he joined the faculty at the University of Iowa and became a full professor. In 1979, he and his family moved to Alexandria.

Glenn was an avid tennis player, a lover of opera, and a fluent speaker of German. In his last decade, he enjoyed traveling to Europe, often with his wife, son and grandchildren, as well as consulting at the Max Planck Institute in Munich. Survivors include Anne, of Alexandria, and his son, Adam, and grandchildren, Polly and Madron, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Sisters Lou Bradshaw, of Bellingham, Wash., and Carol Joyce, of Minneapolis, also survive him, as do seven nieces and nephews, and eight grandnieces and grandnephews.

Published in The Washington Post from December 8 to December 10, 2011

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