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The University Magazine

In memoriam

Ruth D’Aprix, who worked as an administrative assistant in the dean’s office in the College of Business during the 1970s and 1980s, died July 18, 2007.

Joseph F. Dyer, a longtime supporter of NTID, died June 5, 2007, at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 94. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen C. Dyer, who died in 2001. Among many contributions, the couple funded creation of the Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center at NTID and also established an endowed scholarship fund and an endowment for the Dyer Arts Center.

James Forman, the first director of the School of Engineering Technology, died Sept. 4, 2007, in Florida. He was 76. He was a very active member of the American Society of Engineering Education and the New York State Engineering Technology Association. His last role at RIT was as the first Russell C. McCarthy Chair, the first funded chair in the College of Applied Science and Technology. He also served as the director of the School of Applied Industrial Studies, a part of the College of Continuing Education at City Center.

Donald T. Hiller, an adjunct professor with RIT since 1976, died June 14, 2006. He taught in the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies and previously in the College of Continuing Education.

Alice Pochulsky, who worked at RIT for 18 years most recently as a staff assistant for mechanical engineering technology, College of Applied Science and Technology, died Aug. 21, 2007, of cancer. In 2006, she was featured as a poster volunteer for RIT’s United Way campaign. She was 54.

Robert C. “Bob” Wabnitz ’48 (art and design), founder in 1977 and long-time director of RIT’s medical illustration program, died July 28, 2007. During his 45-year career, he illustrated more than a dozen surgical atlases. In addition to his work at RIT, he served as director of the medical illustration at the University of Rochester Medical School for 25 years.