Last updated Saturday March 31, 2007
Remember Joy Vance
When did you attend Priory
How did you locate the Priory website?
George Cumming told me about it.
Who were your most memorable teachers?
I keep reading how everyone loves Henry Fowler but I must confess that, although I never had him as a teacher, he was the person who patrolled the study hall which was held in this large open-air pavilion. I used to spend most of my study halls staring up at the beautiful mountain range in the distance, wishing I were there (I didn't much care for being "trapped" at school). Almost all of what I remember of Mr. Fowler is this: he would go up and down the aisles during study hall and when he came upon someone who was making mischief or daydreaming he would raise a wooden ruler high in the air and bring it down on the desk of the student with a resounding "thwack!", all the while with a terrible scowl on his face. I was terrified of him!
Who were your best friends at Priory?
Charles Hanna, Antoinette Hendry, Susan Henriques. I have wonderful memories of attending parties every weekend with Charles or of evenings spent with him drinking and dancing on the patios of the Terra Nova Hotel and the Courtleigh Manor. I also had a mad crush on Ian Dayes.
Who are you in touch with today?
I just recently reconnected with Charles Hanna, George Cumming and, thanks to my new acquaintance (via this website) Ranjana Murthy, found Tony Tame. And, of course, my three sisters who also attended Priory. Suzanne has shared her life with Dean and they both worked together for 30 years at the State Department in Arms Control; Carol has lived all of her life in Washington, D.C., very near the beautiful Washington National Zoo, Bobbi (who legally changed her first name to "Taylor" many years ago) is divorced, has one grown son and lives in Richmond, Virginia where she has a business in Feng Shui.
Joy with Tony Tame
Joy, Taylor (Bobbi) and Suzanne
James Lapsley and Joy
Who would you like to track down?
I'd love know whatever happened to Antoinette Hendry, Ian Dayes, Georgiana Andrews. And the last time I talked to Ian Chambers at Priory he was planning on sailing to England with his fiancee and her mother and getting married there - I thought that was an incredibly romantic thing to do at the time. I wonder if it happened.
What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?
I, personally, didn't do anything too wild, but I always sensed the place was humming, just on the verge of being out of control. In a fun way, of course . .
What memories/views do you have of Priory?
I loved the little open classrooms, and the Tuck Shop with its delicious patties. Unfortunately, in a misguided attempt to assuage my homesickness for the US my sisters and I transferred to St. Andrews High School the next year. I've always regretted we didn't stay at the more colourful Priory.
Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?
Well, I thought pretty much everyone at Priory was a character!! George Cumming was hilarious, Johnny McNaught and Georgiana Andrews were a fun couple, and Tony Tame was such a wonderful character and storyteller that even my father adored him (he dated my sister Suzanne).
Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?
I live in a little river town in North Carolina where I work part-time as a barista at a local coffee shop and paint in watercolors, which I hope to sell one day.
Tell us about any significant others
I was widowed last year after 30 years of marriage to Steve Steele, an Episcopal priest whom I loved deeply and was my best friend. I am still adjusting to the loss. We have three wonderful sons, identical twins Louie and Joshua, 28, and Peter, who is 21.
Joy and Steve
Peter, Josh and Louie
Tell us about your most unusual meeting with a Priory person
In 1990, more than 25 years after leaving Priory, I was living in an obscure little town in northwest New Jersey and began to babysit a 3 year old little girl. Weeks later I realized that her father (I had dealt only with her mother) was none other than Ed Sawyer who, along with his sister Pat, had attended Priory when we did in the early '60's. What are the odds of that?! Ed and his wife invited me for Christmas brunch that year and Pat and her husband and daughter joined us. We had a wonderful time reminiscing about Jamaica; even 25 years on I thought they looked exactly the same and I would have known them anywhere.
Pat Sawyer and Joy Vance
What do you think of the Priory Website?
I think it's absolutely wonderful - it's great fun to cruise! Stephen has done an outstanding job.
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Published on the Priory Website Sunday 25th March 2007
This site was last updated Saturday, 31 March 2007 07:52