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Joyce Milton

Joyce Milton

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05/17/17 03:58 PM #1    

Priscilla Coit (Murphy)

Joyce L. Milton, 62, of New Stanton, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Jefferson Hills Manor after a short illness. She was born Jan. 12, 1946, in McKeesport to J. Kent Milton, of Clairton, and the late Elsie Wilson Milton and was raised in Clairton. Joyce graduated from Clairton High School and received a degree in library science from Swarthmore College and a master's degree from Pratt Institute, New York City. She lived in Brooklyn for 40 years until late last year, pursuing her writing career. She was a noted author of children's and non-fiction books and best known for authoring "The Rosenberg Files,""First Partner" (Hillary Clinton) and "The Road to Malpsychia." Joyce enjoyed gourmet cooking and attending the opera in New York - See more at:

06/05/17 05:27 PM #2    

Susan McRory

Joyce and I both ended up in NYC for a number of years and maintained our Swarthmore friendship. I found her to be a real friend whose empathy belied her somewhat cynical persona. After I left the area for good in 1978 our contact was only sporadic, and I was shocked to learn from the alumni magazine of her death. I was impressed by her ability to make a good living as a writer, which she achieved through lots of hard work and her acute intelligence (which she underplayed at Swarthmore). I was also a little shocked to see from googling her after her death her rather extreme turn to the right, but she seemed to have maintained her lively wit and sense of humor.


Hillary biographer from New Stanton began as hometown bookworm

| Friday, March 21, 2008

Among her family, friends and classmates in her hometown of Clairton, Joyce Milton was considered a bookworm and usually had a text tucked under her arm.

She became a writer of mostly nonfiction and children's books and was the author of "First Partner," a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and co-author of "The Rosenberg File," considered by some as the definitive account of the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg espionage case.

Joyce L. Milton of New Stanton, formerly of Brooklyn, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Jefferson Hills Manor, Jefferson Hills. She was 62.

"Although Joyce lived and worked in Brooklyn for over 40 years, she always kept in touch," said her brother, Kent Milton. "We talked by phone two and three times a week.

"When Joyce heard that our mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, she left Brooklyn and was preparing to buy a home to care for our parents," he said. "Unfortunately, Mom died in November and Joyce died just four months later."

Born and raised in Clairton, Ms. Milton was one of two children of J. Kent Milton and the late Elsie Wilson Milton.

Upon graduating from Clairton High School in 1963, she received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in Delaware County and her master's degree in library science from the Pratt Institute in New York.

"Our parents struggled to send Joyce to Swarthmore, but they were pleased with her accomplishments," said Kent Milton.

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