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Whitney Cadmus

In Memoriam: Whitney Cadmus

Whitney Cadmus
Whitney Cadmus (photo courtesy of Pauline Dionne)

The KSC community mourns the passing of former staffer Whitney Cadmus, who came to the College in 1979, working for the Dean of Student Affairs and eventually the Vice President of Student Affairs as that office and the College grew. She supported the emerging needs of first-year programs and alcohol and substance use education, as well as more complex issues of compliance in higher education. In 1988, after receiving her BS in Management from Keene State, Whitney accepted a position supporting the work now done by the Office of Advancement until her retirement in 2003

“Whitney was a kind colleague, hard-working, reliable, and considerate,” recalled Kim Harkness, director of Human Resources. “But perhaps her greatest legacy is the impact she made on individual students who were mentored by her in both formal and informal ways throughout her career. Whitney set high expectations for herself and for students working with Student Affairs programs, and she always took the time to provide guidance and help to a student in need. She understood the value of the learning that also happens outside the classroom and in our every day work.”

In Memoriam: Joyce Bridgeo Wick ’52

Joyce Bridgeo Wick ’52

The Keene State community mourns the passing of Joyce Bridgeo Wick ’52, who left us on August 31, 2012. She was born in Manchester, Vermont, and earned her degree in education from what was then Keene Teachers College. She taught elementary school in Missouri, California, and Connecticut. After she married Paul L. Wick in 1962, the couple settled in Vernon, Connecticut, where they lived for four decades. After her husband died, Joyce relocated to Orlando, Florida.

Joyce traveled the US and the world, was a gourmet cook, and was active in her church. If you knew Joyce and would like to see photos of her life, please visit this online slide show.

In Memoriam: Alberta “Bea” Patch-Slegaitis ’35

Bea Patch-Slegaitis ’35 (right), with Matt Gill ’10 and Norma Walker ’51 at the dedication of the Alumni Center, Reunion 2010.

The KSC community was saddened to learn that Alberta “Bea” Patch-Slegaitis ’35 passed away on July 6th. Ms Patch-Slegaitis had been living in Surf City, NC, and KSC was fortunate to have her on campus for Reunion 2010, where she, as our oldest alum, with Matt Gill ’10 (representing the youngest) and Norma Walker ’51, helped cut the ribbon for the dedication of the Alumni Center.

“She was a wonderful person and a real delight to have with us for her 75th class reunion that year,” said Patty Farmer ’92, director of Alumni and Parent Relations. “She wrote wonderful poems.”

Read her obituary in the Times Union.

Ms Patch-Slegaitis came from a different era, and it’s interesting to hear what life was like in her day. She contributed her reminisces of the early days at what was then Keene Normal School for Norma Walker’s Memory Book:
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In Memoriam: Daniel Carr

Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari

The Keene State College community, and the larger world community of typographers, is saddened to learn of the passing of long-serving adjunct Art faculty member Daniel Carr at the end of June.

Professor Carr came to Keene State College in 1996 and taught Typography ever since. He was known as a kind-hearted talented member of our campus community who lived art and was very committed and connected with his students. In addition to his position at the college, Carr and longtime partner Julia Ferrari (also an adjunct faculty member) operated Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press where they designed and printed fine press books exclusively with metal types. In 1999 Carr was elected a Master Typographic Punchcutter of France for his metal typeface Regulus.

ATypI’s Leipzig 2000 conference program included this biographical note:
Dan Carr is a punchcutter, type designer, poet and printer. His hand-cut typeface “Regulus” won him a Diplome de Maitre-graveur typographe awarded by the Maitre-graveur typographes francais. His digital typeface “Cheneau” was chosen for a judges’ choice award by the Type Directors Club in 2000. With his partner J. Ferrari he publishes, designs, and prints fine limited edition books. These books, set and printed with metal types cast at their atelier Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, are widely collected and exhibited. Gifts of the Leaves a book printed with Carr’s hand-cut “Regulus” was chosen as one of the top ten acquisitions of the last decade by Stanford University in California; it was also chosen for a special design binding by D. Glaister for the collection at the Hague this last year.

KSC has lost a rare treasure.

KSC Mourns the Passing of Effie Torrey ’40, one of the Round Robin Circle

Effie Wynn Torrey ’40

The KSC community is saddened to learn that Effie Wynn Torrey ’40 passed away quietly in her sleep on June 19. Her son was with her.

Effie was one of the seven close friends from the class of 1940 who pledged to keep in touch after they left what was then Keene Teacher’s College. They did so via a round-robin letter that continues to this day, though only two of the original group, Dorothy (Dot) Carruthers and Marion Thorell, are still around to keep the letter going.

Effie was a dedicated alumna, and we’ll miss her charming presence and delightful spirit at Reunion and Golden Circle luncheons.

The Union Leader columnist John Clayton did an article on the round robin circle that appeared in the Fall 2001 issue of Keene State Today.

In Memoriam: Richard Smith, Master Electrician

The KSC community is saddened to hear that Richard Smith, one of our excellent electricians, died of a heart attack on Saturday, June 9.

A modest man, Mr. Smith came to Keene State in 2007 as a master electrician with many years of experience. His colleagues came to respect him for his professional knowledge, work ethic, and commitment to safety. He contributed significantly to the Electrical Shop’s success over the last five years. A 1962 graduate of Conant High School, he received his credentials through the New Hampshire Technical Institute in 1964 and went into business for himself before coming to KSC.

KSC Mourns the Passing of Vaughn West

Long-serving adjunct faculty member and alum Vaughn West passed away unexpectedly on May 17th. He came to Keene State in 1992 and has taught in the Theater Department ever since. Professor West taught courses in acting and in integrative studies and directed many shows both at Keene State College and within the region. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, did graduate work at Brandeis, and earned post-baccalaureate teaching certification from Keene State College. He was ever able to bring his love of the theater, and his true-life experience from acting in New York,  and make his classrooms come alive. Prof. West is married to Susan Ericson-West, the Grant and Contract Administrator in the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research. His sons are Evan and James.

It has been requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made in memory of Mr. West to the New Hampshire Dance Institute, 29 Center Street, Keene, NH. or to the Vaughn West Program Fund in Theatre and Dance at Keene State College. Gifts may be made payable to Keene State College with “West Program Fund” noted on the memo line and mailed to Keene State College, 229 Main Street, MS 2701, Keene NH 03435. Calling hours, a time to gather and remember, are scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, from 5–7 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral Home in Keene (33 Marlboro St., 603-352-4541).

If you knew Vaughn, please submit a comment. And make sure you read the wonderful, heartfelt comments others have left. And there are more on the KSC Facebook page.

In Memoriam: Dr. Bob Hawes

Dr. Robert (Bob) Hawes, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Technology and Safety, passed away on Tuesday, May 15. Dr. Hawes began his career at KSC in 1969 and continued until his retirement in 1998. He involved his students through active engagement in the learning process, an approach well adapted to Industrial Technology. But it was his manner—always approachable, always respectful, and always knowledgeable—that drew students to him. Professor Hawes earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern in 1960 and a doctorate of education from Penn State in 1980. Assistant Professor of Modern Languages Dr. Stephen Hawes said that the family will be holding quiet family-centered services.

In Memoriam: Norma Morissette Mallat ’52

Norma Morissette Mallet ’52

The Keene State community lost a dedicated alumna and educator when Norma Morissette Mallat ’52 passed away Tuesday, April 3, while staying with family in California. Norma began her career as an instructor at Keene’s Wheelock School after she graduated and remained on staff there until she retired in 1995. She was the wife of Robert L. Mallat, Jr. ’58, former vice president for Resource Administration at Keene State College, retired senior manager for Capital Planning and Development, and former USNH Board Trustee, The Mallat’s commitment to education and Keene State has been demonstrated through their service, dedication, and participation at campus events and in the community. Generations of students who passed through Wheelock’s doors have been touched by Norma’s commitment to education.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery on Main Street. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street. The Knights of Columbus Council 819 will conduct a prayer service at the funeral home Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Mallat’s memory to the St. Joseph Regional School Scholarship Fund, 92 Wilson Street, Keene, NH 03431.

In Memoriam: Professor Kristi Alvarez

Following a brave fight against cancer, former Associate Professor of Geography Kristin J Alvarez died peacefully in her sleep. Prof. Alvarez started teaching at KSC in the fall of 1999, earning a reputation as an excellent geography teacher and a leader in social science education, committed to broadening the geography education experience for students. She was also recognized for her integrity, work ethic, and indomitable spirit.

Dr. Alvarez left Keene State College in 2009 when she was offered a signature opportunity at the University of Redlands in California that allowed her to work with a local school district and a brand new high school to infuse geospatial technologies and spatial thinking into the curriculum.

Dr. Alvarez and her family maintained a Caring Bridge page for her. Enter  kristinalvarez in the “Visit a Site” box.

In Memoriam: Shirlee Ingalls

Shirlee Ingalls (we apologize for the poor quality of the image—it's from a cell phone video.)

Born with spina bifida, Shirlee Ingalls spent much of her life as an exemplary mother, social activist, and undaunted optimist in a wheelchair. Shirlee, who passed on in late November, was also a longtime Keene student, beginning in 1974 and taking a course or two each year until the fall of 2004.  She took a break for a few years and then enrolled in a class with sociology professor Dr. Margaret Walsh in the spring 2010 semester, so she touched many lives here at KSC. “She was such an inspiration,” Dr. Walsh recalled. Shirlee’s ultimate ambition was to be a licensed social worker.
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In Memoriam: Prof. William Greer

The KSC community is sad to learn that Dr. William Benson “Bill” Greer, emeriti professor for industrial technology and safety, passed away in early August. Dr. Greer, originally from Lewiston, Maine, retired from his teaching position at Keene State College in 1994 after 30 years of service. He and his wife, Rosita, moved to Anna Maria Island in Florida’s Gulf Coast in 2002 and purchased an aging resort called the Island Plantation. After years of planning, the Greers demolished the resort and replaced built 12 luxury condominiums in its place. Just as the project neared completion, Dr. Greer was stricken with cancer. He survived the first operation and treatments and was cancer free until May 2011.

Bill Rymes, KSC’s plumbing and heating supervisor, had served as Dr. Greer’s lab assistant and remembers him for his easy-going nature and his keen intellect.  All will remember him for his dedication to his family and his excitement for teaching and technology. The family requests that those wishing to honor Dr. Greer make a donation in his name to the American Cancer Society.

In Memoriam: Joe Iovieno ’94 M’01

The KSC community mourns the unexpected passing of Joseph (Joe) Iovieno ’94 M’01 on Friday, August 19. Joe, a Keene resident, had been a figure on campus for many years, both as a student and as an employee. He graduated from Keene State College with a masters degree in human services in December 2001 and started working here  as a painter a month later. Back in 1991 he was a student employee in the psychology lab. Over his 20 years with Keene State, Joe made many friends and was known for his sense of humor, easygoing nature, and love of life.

In Memoriam: Kitty Arsenault

Kitty (here with her with close friend and colleague, Dean Melinda Treadwell) was honored for her service at the May Retiree Recognition Program.

The KSC community was very saddened to learn of the passing of Carol I. “Kitty” Arsenault on August 12, following a long struggle with cancer.

Kitty had just retired from Keene State College this past spring; she served in several capacities on campus.  She began as the administrative assistant at Wheelock School, where she served as the glue that kept the children, parents, teachers, and principals well informed and organized.  After that, Kitty accepted a position supporting the programs and faculty in Technology, Design, and Safety.  Her amazing organizational skills, critical thinking, sense of humor, and nurturing won everyone’s respect and admiration.
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In Memoriam: Jody O’Brien ’82

Former Alumni Board President Jody O’Brien ’82 passed away on June 25, after a long battle with cancer. A dedicated volunteer, Jody served on the Alumni Board from 1999–2003, including as vice president for two years and as president from 2002–2003. She received the Sprague Drenan Award in 2006, in recognition of her outstanding support of the Alumni Association and KSC.

For the past few years, Jody lived in Maryland. She was very active in starting a local Association chapter and was instrumental in many regional activities. Because she played softball when she was at KSC, she maintained a strong connection to the athletic program as well. A memorial service will be held at the College Camp on Wilson Pond  at 3 p.m. this afternoon (July 7th).