Joyce Downey, physical therapist

January 4, 2013

Joyce Downey, 75, a physical therapist who worked for Loudoun County public schools in the late 1970s and again from 1994 to 2005, died Dec. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

The death was confirmed by her husband, Mortimer L. Downey III, who was deputy transportation secretary under President Bill Clinton.

Dorothea Joyce Vander Meyden was a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and a 1958 graduate of Syracuse University. She received physical therapy certification from Columbia University.

She did physical therapy work in Westchester County, N.Y., before permanently settling in the Washington area in 1994. She was a Vienna resident.

Her memberships included the American Association of University Women.

Survivors include her husband, of Vienna; two sons, Stephen M. Downey of North Babylon, N.Y., and Christopher S. Downey of Smith’s Parish, Bermuda; and five grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein