Last fall, on a blustery Sunday in November, the memorial service for the late Professor Pat Passlof was hosted by the Library and held in the Reading Room. Professor Passlof passed away on November 13, 2011 and had taught at the College for over 40 years. Always working closely with students, she was also nationally and internationally renowned as an abstract Expressionist painter. Over 150 people attended the service, the majority being former students from her days at Richmond College to most recent ones from the College of Staten Island.
Dr. Fritz, Interim President and Dr. Naider, Interim Provost were also in attendance and gave the opening and welcoming remarks. Professor Tracey Jones, Professor of Performing and Creative Arts and former student of Professor Passlof was the Mistress of Ceremony, and Dr. Wilma Jones, Chief Librarian made closing remarks. Tributes from former students, colleagues and close friends were moving and some too funny, all of which brought vivid memories of the Passlof we knew.
Donations in her memory were made to two funds: the Library Fund to enhance a collection of online resources in visual print, art, and photography and the Tenenbaum Materials Scholarship Fund which supports students in need and assist them with the purchase of photography supplies. To date, collectively, the funds received are over $3000.
Wilma L. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor and Chief Librarian