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In memoriam

Ralph Lynn Hoag, who served on the National Advisory Board that was instrumental in selecting RIT as the host institution for National Technical Institute for the Deaf, died in June at the age of 80 after a long struggle with cancer. His 44-year career in the deaf education field included serving as superintendent of Rochester School for the Deaf from 1966 to 1974. In 1989 he wrote The Origin and Establishment of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a book on the development of NTID....

Paul Kazmierski, a long-time employee of RIT, died in May after suffering a heart attack. He was 64 years old. Kazmierski began his career on campus in 1969 and became best known as the director of the Learning Development Center. After retiring in 1991, Kazmierski remained at RIT as an adjunct professor at the College of Liberal Arts. He also taught part-time in the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies....

Geneva Miller, former RIT counselor and director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program and Office of Minority Student Affairs, died in June. Miller began her career at RIT in 1971 when she joined the Counseling Center. She then became director of RIT's HEOP program until she left RIT in 1988 for a position with the New York State Education Department. She was also very active in various state committees.....

Hrishikesh Banerjee died in March after a short illness. He had taught in the physics department of the College of Science for 33 years. Banerjee was a mentor to his students and encouraged them to attend graduate school. Many of his former students kept in touch with him after leaving RIT.....

Susan Barnard, academic counselor and recruiter for RIT's Higher Education Opportunity Program, died in April after an automobile accident. At RIT since 1997, Barnard was the HEOP admissions liaison, tutoring services coordinator and Pre-Freshmen Summer Program instructor.