MSU mourns philanthropist Joyce Herron

Joyce Herron

Joyce Faith Kincer Herron, 82, wife of retiree Dr. J. Dudley Herron, died April 2, 2018. 

Herron was a native of Mayking in Letcher County before attending nursing school in Lexington. There, she met and married J. Dudley Herron of Providence. Over the course of their nearly 62 years of marriage, the couple and their three sons settled in many places throughout the United States, and lived in several other countries, including Germany, Malaysia, Israel, Scotland and China while visiting many others. 

The Herrons established the Herron Leadership Scholars Program during the 2016-17 academic year. The program is designed to aid in recruiting and retention while developing student leaders from each county in MSU’s 22-county service region.

To make a gift in memory of one or more of these individuals, call the Office of Alumni Relations & Development at 800-783-ALUM or visit