who served as RIT vice president of business and finance from
1959-70, died May 20, 2003. Mr. Benz began his career at RIT in
1955, and was instrumental in building the Henrietta campus and
in bringing NTID to RIT. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, a
daughter, Dr. Nicolle Benz, and a son, F. Paul Benz III. . .
who worked at RIT from 1952 until his retirement in 1987, died
Aug. 29, 2003, in a boating accident. The retired RIT registrar
was 79. A World War II veteran, Mr. Hoppe lived in the Rochester
area . . .
wife of NTID professor emeritus Robert Panara and a long-time
supporter of the college and its programs, passed away July 16,
2003, at age 80. Mrs. Panara was a librarian at the Library of
Congress and the Rochester School for the Deaf. She was founder
and president of Eastern Deaf Womens Bowling Association.
Donations may be made in her name to the NTID Performing Arts
Fund . . .
Wendy Wyland VanDerWoude,
who was beginning her first season as the mens and womens
swimming coach, died Sept. 27. She was 38. An Olympic bronze medalist
diver in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and a 1982 world champion,
Ms. VanDerWoude earned many awards and honors during her career
as an athlete and was named one of People magazines
50 most beautiful people in 1990. She served as the diving coach
last year and was the pool manager for RIT. A native of the Rochester
area, Mrs. VanDerWoude is survived by her husband, David Wyland,
her daughter, Abigayle, and stepdaughter, Carley; her mother and
father, Beth and Vernon R. Wyland; a brother and two sisters.