Obituary: Joy Diamond

Obituary: Joy Diamond

A mathematician with degrees from Emory and the University of Texas, she was an avid folk dancer.

Joy Elaine Diamond, age 62, of Atlanta and Austin, Texas, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

Joy was born in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 1955. She grew up in Atlanta, where she graduated from Briarcliff High School. She won the Math Award at Emory at Oxford in 1975, then completed her B.S. in mathematics at Emory University in 1977. She then moved to Austin, where she earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas and developed a passion for international folk dancing that continued throughout her life. She was also an award-winning Irish dancer. Joy spent a 30-year career working at IBM in Austin. Joy loved sci-fi, old movies, Girl Scouting, book collecting and traveling the world.

She is survived by her parents, Sarah and Max Diamond of Atlanta; sisters and brothers-in-law Sandra Diamond and David Tissue of New South Wales, Australia, and Carole and Jerry Hossom of Atlanta; nieces Avalon and Teo Tissue and Katie and Kylie Hossom; and nephews Matthew and Alex Hossom. Special thanks to her caregivers, Angie Harris, Bobbie Traore, Bernadette and Jamilla Higgins, and LaTisha Hines.

Sign the online guestbook at A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 3734 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chambee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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