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In Memoriam: Joyce King Stoops, 86

In Memoriam: Joyce King Stoops, 86
Joyce King Stoops

Joyce Barlow King Stoops, lifelong educator, philanthropist and supporter of USC, died Dec. 16. She was 86.

King Stoops devoted significant resources to USC and to helping the USC Rossier School of Education prepare future educators and enhance faculty productivity.

She was born in England on Jan. 25, 1923 and grew up in rural Ohio. She worked as a nurse and a technician in a chemistry laboratory, where she was in charge of analyzing flame thrower gel for impurities during World War II while she earned her teaching credential and a bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University.

Later she moved to California and earned a master’s degree at California State Univeristy, Long Beach, and an Ed.D. at USC in 1966.

She taught fourth grade in Long Beach Unified School District schools and advanced to the position of vice principal and then principal. She was a professor of teacher education for 23 years at USC, where she mentored countless students and retired in 1987 as professor emeriti.

During her tenure at USC Rossier, she also served as assistant dean of student affairs and made financial assistance for meritorious students a top priority, establishing 25 new scholarships. She also was president of the all-university chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

She and her late husband, Emery Stoops, contributed $2.25 million in 1996 to the endowment in perpetuity of the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean’s Chair in Education of the USC Rossier School of Education, currently held by dean Karen Symms Gallagher.

In 1994, they created a $1.25 million trust fund to establish the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Chair in Educational Administration at the school.

The couple established numerous scholarships for graduate students and donated funds for the construction of the faculty and staff lounge in Waite Phillips Hall.

In 1974, King Stoops was the first female member of the USC chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association for educators. She was a longtime member of EDUCARE and served on the boards of the Pacific Palisades-Malibu YMCA and the Rotary Foundation. She was also a volunteer at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

She is also the author of four books as well as numerous articles and scholarly papers.

King Stoops is survived by her daughter, Amy K. Dundon, and many family members.

Her memorial is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Geneva Presbyterian Church at 24301 El Toro Road in Laguna Hills.

The family requests that donations be made to the Joyce King Stoops and Amy King Dundon Scholarship at the USC Rossier School of Education. Checks should be made payable to the USC Rossier School of Education and sent to USC Rossier School Office of Development, WPH 503, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4035.

For further information, call (213) 740-2157 or e-mail

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