The Mary Joyce Scholarship Fund

To honor the memory and life’s work of Dr. Mary Joyce the board voted unanimously to establish the Mary Joyce Scholarship Award (at an ISQOLS board meeting held in San Diego on December 10, 2007). This competitive scholarship will be a biennial award recognizing a young, female scholar from a developing country for work in the quality of life area. The recipient will receive a cash stipend covering the cost of travel to and attendance at the ISQOLS international conference, as well as award recognition at the conference banquet.

Mary  received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1981. She was most recently Gianneschi Professor of Nonprofit Marketing in the College of Business & Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Her research interests included social entrepreneurship, social marketing, and the effects of gender and aging on quality-of-life. In addition to her professorship and teaching duties, she served as the Vice President of External Affairs for the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and was recently honored by ISQOLS as a Distinguished Research Fellow. Mary also served on the boards of the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (www.npach.org), the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and served on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Orange County and the Council on Aging of Orange County.

Mary Joyce died at her home on December 12, 2007 after a seven year battle with cancer. She lived her life with passion and with a commitment to helping others. Mary was a long time advocate for the empowerment of women and a variety of at-risk populations. She was also a dedicated teacher who sought to inspire students to realize their full potential. She is survived by her husband Dr. David Lambert, her sister Linda, two brothers Tom and John, and a niece and two nephews. She also leaves behind a number of loyal friends and colleagues who will miss her greatly.