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The University Magazine

In Memoriam

Phillip Batchelor, lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering/Packaging Science, died Nov. 19, 2009. He came to RIT in 1994 after working at Xerox Corp. as advance development mechanical design engineer and software development manager.

Michelle Dermody, lab technician in the biological and medical sciences department in the College of Science for more than 10 years, died Oct. 13, 2009.

Marcia B. Dugan, who worked at NTID from 1980 to 1995 as director of public affairs and as special assistant to the NTID director, died Feb. 7, 2010, after a battle with leukemia. She was 78.

Virginia Eisenhart, a long-time supporter of RIT, died Dec. 15, 2009. Mrs. Eisenhart and her husband, Richard (chairman emeritus of the RIT Board of Trustees), were instrumental in establishing the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching and the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. They also have been generous supporters of numerous other programs at the university including the Eisenhart Memorial Scholarship.

Robert Gilman, professor emeritus in the College of Science, died Feb. 2, 2010. His career at RIT spanned 30 years. He served as head of the chemistry department and was the first recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Distinguished Young Teachers in 1966. He retired from RIT in 1994.

Bochiwe Hara-Kaonga, assistant professor in the School of Biological and Medical Sciences, died Jan. 28, 2010.

Shirley B. Masseth, an RIT employee for more than 25 years, died Jan. 5, 2010. She worked in the Food Service Department for many years, and at NTID. Prior to retiring, she worked for the Project Lead the Way program.