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Dr. Joyce M. Curtis, PED, Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Curtis has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of education

    ABILENE, TX, October 11, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Dr. Joyce M. Curtis, PED, a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Curtis celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A retired physical education teacher, Dr. Curtis knew since she was in the ninth grade that teaching physical education was what she wanted to do as a career. After earning her undergraduate degree at North Texas State College (NISC), now the University of North Texas, she went on to teach in the department of exercise science and heath at Abilene Christian University (ACU) for 45 years. A year into her career, she had completed a Master of Science in Physical Education, and by 1970, she had earned a Doctor of Physical Education at Indiana University, during which time she served as a graduate assistant for three years.Responsible for forming the women's athletic program at ACU, Dr. Curtis was the first coach for both the women's volleyball and basketball teams in the late 1950s. Commencing her coaching career at the university in 1980, she continued to teach in the classroom until 2004.

Dr. Curtis is a lifetime member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Delta Psi Kappa, and the Abilene Women's Bowling Association, where she was named Bowler of the Year in 1967. She is also a member of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and Phi Lambda Theta. From 1971 to 1979, she also served as treasurer of the Texas Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Throughout her career, Dr. Curtis has contributed articles to various journals, and was co-editor of the 1971 book, "Physical Education Activities Handbook." Furthermore, she authored two manuals: "Manual for Bowling Teachers at Abilene Christian University" in 1982 and "Manual for Badminton Teachers at Abilene Christian University" in 1985. Dr. Curtis has also authored one textbook, "Pickle-Ball for Player and Teacher" in 1999, as well as "Intermediate Bowling Notebook" in 1993.

Dr. Curtis' career in education led to her being named Outstanding Educator of America in 1975, followed by a Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in 1982. Dr. Curtis has also earned a Faculty Development Award by ACU in 1991, and was inducted into the Abilene Christian University Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. She also received a Pathfinder Award by the Texas Association of Health and Physical Education in 2008, and a second Pathfinder Award by the National Association of Girls and Women's Sports in 2009. She has also been highlighted in close to 20 editions of Who's Who, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, and Who's Who of American Women.

Although physical education has been a passion for her entire life, Dr. Curtis spent years playing the clarinet, beginning in elementary school. She loved it so much that she almost studied music in college as opposed to physical education. Today, while enjoying retirement, she loves to garden and travel. Known for volunteering with a number of organizations in the past, including with the Hendrick Medical Center, the Hope Fund Committee, and the Vera West Women's Center, being actively involved in her community has always been very important to her.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Joyce M. Curtis, PED, has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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