This page is dedicated to Soroptimist federation officers who have recently passed away. They will be missed for their dedication to Soroptimist and our mission of improving the lives of women and girls.
We are sad to report that Joyce Byrne, 1990-1992 SIA president, passed away in December. Joyce, who joined Soroptimist in 1975, also served as Desert Coast Region governor and club president. She graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in education and began teaching fifth grade students in Pasco, WA, shortly thereafter. In 1957, Joyce joined the U.S. Air Force as a personnel officer. She served for three years before returning to the teaching profession in Lakeside, CA. Joyce pursued her master’s degree in elementary education administration at San Diego State University while teaching school full-time. She later received a Ph.D. in leadership and human behavior from United State International University in San Diego, CA. As SIA’s 1990-1992 president, Joyce guided the federation through unprecedented change as the recommendations of what was known as “The Plan” were implemented. These changes included streamlining the SIA Board from 34 to 13 members, focusing the Board’s work on policy rather than administration, amending bylaws and electing leaders through mail ballots, and making staff responsible for implementing policies set by the Board. Joyce served one year as president under the old structure, and then served another year under the new structure. Our heartfelt condolences to Joyce's family and friends.