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Joye Patterson, Dec. 28, 1925 — April 16, 2012, of Columbia

By Submitted by Parker Funeral Service
April 24, 2012 | 6:07 p.m. CDT

Joye Patterson, Ph.D., 86, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, died Monday, April 16, 2012 following a short respiratory illness.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Calvary Episcopal Church.

Dr. Patterson’s work was instrumental in the development of the field of science journalism in universities throughout the U.S. and other nations. She frequently consulted about the public’s understanding of science and biomedical issues for the National Science Foundation and the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Patterson was a founding member of the Science Writers Educators Group within the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in the 1970’s. Dr. Patterson’s science writing syllabus and classroom pedagogy widely were perceived as pioneering educational efforts. She was a renowned mentor to a generation of science journalists and faculty peers, and she was published widely. The Missouri School of Journalism’s Smith-Patterson Fellowship and Lecture Series is co-named for her.

Dr. Patterson also was a founding member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS) in the 1980’s. ISSSS, which now has more than 350 members in 20 countries, continues the development and use of Q methodology, a social science technique that assesses human subjectivity. Dr. Patterson was a former student and close friend of William Stephenson, Ph.D., the founder of Q method, who died in 1989.

In Columbia, Joye was best known for her extensive community activities. She was especially active at the Calvary Episcopal Church, worked as a volunteer guide at University Hospitals and Clinics and served in several posts at the Columbia Art League for more than a generation. 

Born in Arkansas, Joye received a B.A. from the University of Texas-Austin. After receiving an M.A. and Ph.D. from Missouri School of Journalism, she joined the School’s faculty in 1965 and retired in 1998. 

She is survived by her husband, William Nunn, of Columbia, and two-step sons, Stephen O. Nunn of Nashville, Tenn., and William B. Nunn Jr. of Green Castle, Ind.

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