Wootton Community Mourns Death of Assistant Principal

Wootton Community Mourns Death of Assistant Principal

Recalling his commitment to students.


Joseph DuBoyce

In a letter to the Thomas S. Wootton High School community, Principal Kimberly Boldon informed members of the death of the school’s assistant principal, Joseph Patrick DuBoyce.

“It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the death of our assistant principal Mr. Joseph DuBoyce. Mr. DuBoyce died unexpectedly last night at his home,” Boldon wrote in her letter posted on the school website Tuesday, Aug. 8.

DuBoyce was assistant principal at Wootton since 2011. During his 30-year career at Montgomery County Pubic School he was a teacher, resource teacher and assistant principal at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring. His first MCPS assignment was as a social studies teacher at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville.

“Mr. DuBoyce was a fierce advocate for the students of Thomas S. Wootton and was particularly looking forward to seeing the Class of 2018 graduate this spring,” Boldon wrote. “Mr. DuBoyce would go out of his way to help a student, staff member, or parent. Committed to supporting our students, he particularly enjoyed going to the cross country meets to cheer the Patriots on to victory. His sense of humor, warmth, compassion, and optimism defined him and were apparent in all his interactions. He will be truly missed.”

DuBoyce, 53, was born Nov. 19, 1963 in Newark, N.J., according to an obituary on legacy.com. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Melissa DuBoyce and six children.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 11 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Union Bridge.

Boldon wrote that there will be support available for students and staff during the first weeks of school in September and will work with the PTSA and student leadership groups to honor DuBoyce and his contributions to the school community.