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In Memoriam

Since 735 BC with the beginning of the Roman Empire, the Latin phrase “In Memoriam” followed by a name has been used to honor one who is deceased. It is also used at the beginning of a play or a book to honor one who has passed.

On Wednesday, April 19, Rockland Community College memorialized seven members of the college community who are deceased. This poignant event was sponsored by RCC’s Faculty Senate under the leadership of Professor Josephine Coleman who coordinated the event. Students from the Performing Arts Department provided a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and “Somewhere” from West Side Story.

Each of the seven honorees had a plaque in his or her honor placed at the base of a tree in front of the Technology Center.

The plaques were a gift from the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers. A special thanks to RCCFT President Bill Baker, and to Eileen MacAvery-Kane, Art Faculty, who designed the plaques.

Memorialized Faculty and Staff
Dr. Beth Cunin - presented by Dr. Elaine Padilla
Susan Perry - presented by Dr. Susan Deer
Bruce Delfini – presented by Professor Bill Baker
Deidre Logan Baker – presented by Professor Bill Baker
Robert Schuler – presented by Professor Don Iannucci
Mort Meyers – presented by Brian McGuirk
Len Gerstein – presented by Professor Nilda Aragones

It is not growing like a tree
In bulk doth make Man better be;
Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere:
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it fall and die that night–
It was the plant and flower of light.
In small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures life may perfect be.

-      Benjamin Jonson




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