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In memoriam

Janet Farnum, professor emeritus, died Sept. 12, 2002. She taught at RIT from 1979 until 1996, serving the College of Liberal Arts as chair of the psychology department and as associate dean. . . .

Fred Gordon, RIT trustee emeritus, died Jan. 3. He was a co-founder with his brother, trustee emeritus Lucius “Bob” Gordon, of Mixing Equipment Co. in Rochester. Mr. Gordon was an RIT trustee when the board voted to create the current campus. He also chaired the executive committee of the Lincoln Alliance Bank and Trust Co. and the Industrial Management Council. . . .

Robert Kushner, professor emeritus, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, died Nov. 6, 2002. He was 77. Mr. Kushner taught at RIT for 20 years. Since retiring in 1991, he worked as a trustee and photography professor at Kyoto Computer Gakuin, the first computer technical school in Japan. He is survived by his 10 children and his wife, Yoshiko. . . .

James Philbin, who taught literature and composition courses for 31 years in the College of Liberal Arts, died Nov. 28 at age 77. He retired in 1987. . . .

Herbert VandenBrul, longtime member of RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society, died Jan. 24. He established an endowment fund in 1984, creating an awards program that honors business leaders for efforts that improve the local economy. The Herbert W. VandenBrul Entrepreneurial Award is presented annually by the College of Business.