UPDATE: U of I Dean, Accident Victim, Remembered by Students, Colleagues 

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UPDATE: April 27, 2016

An autopsy confirmed April 26 that Dr. Paul Joyce, whose body was discovered in a submerged vehicle near the Dworshak Reservoir April 23, was a victim of drowning.

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office said it appeared that Joyce was attempting to drive to Orofino in the late night hours of April 22, but was probably not familiar with the area. According to the investigation, Joyce's vehicle apparently drove down a boat ramp and into the water. The following day, fishermen spotted the submerged vehicle.


ORIGINAL POST: April 25, 2016

Dr. Paul Joyce is being remembered
as a friend, colleague, mentor and software developer, published author and scientist, as the University of Idaho mourns his passing Monday.

The university confirmed April 24 that Joyce, the dean of the College of Science, was found dead April 23 in a car that had been submerged in the Dworshak Reservoir near the Clearwater County town of Ahsahka.

When Joyce, 57, was reported overdue from his arrival with friends and family, the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office began a search late Saturday. Hours later, his car was found in the reservoir at the Big Eddy Boat Ramp.

"It is with shock and great sorrow that we share with you the death of Paul Joyce, dean of the College of Science," the University stated in an announcement. "Our thoughts and deep condolences are with his family, friends and colleagues during this very sad time."

A native of Butte, Mont., Joyce received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Utah. Joyce taught at University College in London, the University of Washington, University of Southern California and the University of Idaho. At U of I he rose through the ranks as a professor, director of the graduate program in bioinformatics and computational biology, served as chair of the faculty senate, and ultimately was dean of the College of Science, beginning in 2013.

Bennett Barr was one of the many students and colleagues who posted condolences on Facebook, writing, "Paul Joyce was the nicest professor I had during my undergraduate studies at the University. He made the world a better place and his loss will not go unnoticed."

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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