Joyce Brothers Dead at 85

Dr Joyce Brothers dies at 85

“Dr. Joyce Brothers”, has died peacefully in her home, Monday, at the age of 85.

“She passed away peacefully and in her home … with her family all around her,” her daughter Lisa Brothers said.

Dr. Brothers was a frequent guest on talk shows, and had her own column in Good Housekeeping magazine and newspapers throughout the United States. She made over 100 appearances on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show”.

Born Joyce Diane Bauer, she married Milton Brothers in 1949, according to the Internet Movie Database.  She became a practicing psychologist in 1958, five years after she received her master’s degree from Columbia University.

Prior to hear academic accomplishments, she was famous for having won the “$64,000 Question” in 1955.  The topic she chose was “boxing”.  She had left her teaching position at Hunter College, and Columbia University, to be at home with their newborn child.  Her husband, Milton, was still in medical school, and the young family found it difficult to live on a resident’s salary.  That’s when she decided to become a contestant on the show.  She memorized 20 volumes of a boxing encyclopedia, and chose that as her category.  She was the only woman to win the show’s top prize, and the second overall.

She followed her victory by entering the $64,000 Challenge, answering every question correctly.

In 1958, she was the host of a self-titled show on local television that became so popular NBC syndicated the program nationally.

“I was a very big fan of hers,” said TV psychologist and author “Dr. Phil” McGraw on Monday. “I started studying psychology back in 1968 or 1969 and she was a very present force at that time.

“I truly think she was a pioneer. Here comes a woman who was articulate, educated and very credible. She talked about these things and took them mainstream and laid a lot of important groundwork for those to come later,” said McGraw, host of the Dr. Phil show. “She wasn’t some pop psychologist. In her advice column and her television work, gave clear analysis and advice.”

She wrote her column for Good Housekeeping for almost 40 years.  Her column was syndicated in more than 350 newspapers.

Brothers is survived by sister Elaine Goldsmith, daughter Lisa Brothers Arbisser, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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