- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 25, 2007

William R. Joyce, Jr., a lawyer for more than 50 years, died April 17 of congestive heart failure at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 85.

Mr. Joyce was born in New York City. His family moved to the Chicago area, where he attended Evanston Township High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago in 1942 and a law degree from New York Law School in 1949. He attended a graduate law program at Harvard University in 1950.

Mr. Joyce practiced law in New York and Florida before moving to the District in 1962. Over the years, he practiced law with LeBoeuf Lamb; Hill, Betts and Nash; Casey, Lane and Mittendorf; and Vance, Joyce and Carbaugh law firms.

He spent several years working with Latin American countries and businesses in their transactions with the United States. Mr. Joyce was honorary general consul for Bolivia for several decades, and as a result, he was honorary dean of the Consular Corps.

He was a member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and of the Knights of Malta and a 50-year member of the Metropolitan Club and of Chevy Chase Club.

Mr. Joyce is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary-Hoyt Sherman Joyce; three children, DeLancey Joyce Webster and Hoyt Sherman Joyce of Chevy Chase and Helen Joyce of Mobile, Ala.; and seven grandchildren.

John R. Drexel III, 87, banking heir

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — John R. Drexel III, the head of a powerful Philadelphia banking family and a socialite, died April 13 of heart failure at his Newport estate. He was 87.

Mr. Drexel was a great-great-great-grandson of Francis Martin Drexel, who founded the banking house Drexel & Co. in the early 19th century. His great-great grandfather was a business partner of financier J.P. Morgan and founded Drexel University in Philadelphia.

For most of his life, Mr. Drexel managed his family’s fortune and devoted himself to charities benefiting Newport Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., and an animal shelter in Middletown.

Mr. Drexel and his wife played host to the prominent and wealthy over the years. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were guests at their home, while a party for their 25th wedding anniversary attracted Aldriches, Astors and Rockefellers.

Survivors include his wife, Noreen Stonor; and a daughter, Noreen O’Farrell.

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