WCE President, Jerry Joyce
In Memory of Jerry
Jerry was President of Washington Cultural Exchange and the cornerstone of our
program in it's early years. A teacher and world traveler he wrote many of
the program ideals and guidelines for WCE. His guide on Writing an Effective
Travel Journal has been handed to more than 8,000 WCE Travelers. His
photography was spectacular and many of the pictures on our web site and in our
slide show were taken by Jerry. More important was his gift for working with
people. Jerry made each person he met feel like a family member and he passed
his joy for life to everyone he met. He continued to correspond with friends
he had met in Japan, China, and Vietnam through the years.
Jerry was the Head Coach for the first WCE Delegation of 83 members, which
traveled to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China in December 1986. Jerry led 16
different delegations overseas. Jerry led the first trip to Japan for WCE with
the FIUTS Program at the University of Washington. His most recent travel
success was taking a WCE Site Inspection Tour of Vietnam and months later
leading our first Student Delegation to Vietnam. Jerry's last trip abroad
with Students was Japan in 2000.
While President of WCE Jerry was also a science teacher at Puyallup High School
and a very successful Cross Country and Track Coach.
Jerry Joyce 1940 – 2004