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The University Magazine

In memoriam

Ralph Armstrong, RIT’s first men’s lacrosse coach, died Jan. 10, 2008. He oversaw the lacrosse program from 1968 to 1970

Robert Brown, who taught in the College of Liberal Arts from 1968 until his retirement in 2007, died Feb. 12, 2008

Neil Croom, retired professor in the School of Photography from 1956 to 1978, died Jan. 27, 2008, at his home in Sarasota, Fla. After retiring, he was actively involved with the Cumming Nature Center (a division of the Rochester Museum & Science Center).

Jeffrey Owen Jones, 63, a professor in the School of Film and Animation, died Nov. 11, 2007, of lung cancer. Mr. Jones was a star athlete at Williams College and spent time in Uruguay on a Fulbright Scholarship. He later lived in Spain, writing and directing films. He returned to Williams to teach Spanish and serve as dean of freshmen before becoming editor of Psychology Today magazine. He worked for CBS, producing promotional and educational videos before moving to Rochester. Mr. Jones was an intern at Time magazine in 1965 when, after interviewing Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, he became the subject of Dylan’s Ballad of a Thin Man.

Heinz Klinkon ’79, ’90 (graphic design), associate professor in the School of Graphic Design, died Jan. 27, 2008. He joined the RIT faculty in 1981 after working at prestigious design firms in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Jane McMahon, an RIT retiree, died Nov. 14, 2007. Ms. McMahon began working for Dining Services at Grace Watson Dining Hall in August of 1989. She retired in April of 2002. Her daughter, Charleen McMahon, works in Food Service Administration.

Elaine Merritt, administrative assistant for the Psychology Department, died Feb. 13, 2008.

James Edward Rice, emeritus James McGhee Professor, died Oct. 13, 2007, at the age of 82. A Rochester native, Mr. Rice was a graduate of Madison High School and Cornell University. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean conflict, rising to the rank of captain. He came to RIT after a 31-year career at Kodak, holding the chaired position until 1995. While at RIT, Mr. Rice received the Photo Marketing Association Distinguished Service Award for his career contributions to the industry.

Russ Tripoli, who served the RIT campus for 24 years, died Oct. 27, 2007, after a long fight with cancer. Mr. Tripoli spent nearly 20 years working for RIT Public Safety and his last four years as the assistant director for administrative services in Housing Operations. Mr. Tripoli also worked on RIT’s United Way campaign for many years.

Anthony Trippe ’66 (chemistry), a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology, died Nov. 24, 2007. Professor Trippe joined RIT in 2000. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Farleigh Dickinson University, and a doctorate of business administration from United States International University. His professional career covered four decades in a variety of technology-based industries. He was a pioneer in distance education delivery and was nationally known in the field.

Dorothy Wadsworth, a former development director for RIT, died Nov. 27, 2007, in Rochester. She was 87. Mrs. Wadsworth, a pioneer among women, was involved in numerous social, civic and cultural organizations. She was a founding member of the RIT Athenaeum, now known as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT.

Charles Welch, retired dean of students, died Dec. 22, 2007, after a battle with cancer.