In Memoriam - Joy Gulmon-Huri

She had a reputation among students as the force who could overcome any obstacle.

Joy Gulmon-HuriWe are sad to share news that Joy Gulmon-Huri, former director Seattle Central’s Culinary Academy, passed away on Oct. 2 surrounded by love of family.

A student herself of Seattle Central College in 1966, Joy later became a full-time employee and worked at Central for 45 years. Her impact reached across departments, from Math and Science to Public Information and the Foundation Office, and finally the Seattle Culinary Academy.

She had a reputation among students as the force who could overcome any obstacle. Quite simply, Joy would drop everything when a student knocked and she would work her magic to find a path. Her mission - assure all students had the chance to achieve their potential.

Joy never sought recognition, but her dedication to student success was so exemplary that Seattle Central College created the Power of Education award in her honor. She was the first to receive this award, which acknowledges an individual whose lifetime of service changed lives and impacted families across future generations.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ed Huri; sister, Gail Stiers; brother, Roger Gulmon; family, Ian and Therese Huri (Maddie and Andrew); Kim and Bruce Fyfe (Claire and Jake).

Joy’s light will continue to shine and her work immortalized through the Joy Gulmon-Huri Endowed Scholarship. To contribute, please go to, select “Other” in the Designation drop down menu and then in the “notes” box write Joy GulmonHuri Endowed Scholarship.

We will hold a memorial for her at Seattle Central’s Culinary Academy on May 14, 2022, 2-4 p.m.