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CHRISTMAS--Joyce, passed away on October 7. She was the author of more than 20 novels, including the Lady Margaret Priam and Betty Trenka mystery series, and had been a national board member of Mystery Writers of America. Joyce was also Vice President of a consulting firm specializing in hotel technology. A native of Connecticut, Joyce attended Radcliffe College. She was pre-deceased by partner Larry Chervenak. Donations may be sent to First Book (

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Published in New York Times on Oct. 14, 2012.
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October 16, 2012
Joyce (Smith) Christmas and her college roommate Phoebe Acheson (Isard) were among the first and funniest women members of WHRB-FM, the pioneering radio station run by Harvard and Radcliffe undergraduates. Both are now gone but live in my memory as friends of my youth and bright lights in my life.
Merry Maisel
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