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 Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Passages: In Memoriam 2005-2006

"Passages" is a new annual feature to commemorate colleagues who have passed on during the year with tributes from their coworkers.

Edward J. Gac
Associate Professor Edward J. Gac was on the faculty at CU for 24 years, teaching business law and taxation in both the Law School and Leeds School of Business. He was a scholar, an outstanding teacher, and a respected colleague. His first love was teaching, with the goal of helping his students succeed to their full potential, both in and out of the classroom. He received numerous teaching awards, and gave seminars to colleagues at CU on teaching using the Socratic method. CU has lost a giant who touched so many lives.

Patricia Jensen
Pat Jensen served the university for 25 years as a writer, editor, teacher, publications specialist and associate director of Web Communications. While at publications Pat dove headlong into computer technology, making it her mission to translate complex software to aid her colleagues. She devoted long hours to helping co-workers de-bug finicky programs and equipment. When Web Communications formed Pat was a leader, helping to reshape the university's image on the web by working with departments to create and improve their sites. Pat's caring approach to "techno-help" is sorely missed. Her impact was profound and enduring.

Ofelia Miramontes
Our treasured colleague, former Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Equity, Ofelia Miramontes, passed away in June, 2005. With determination and insight, she passionately championed bilingual education and diversity efforts for this campus and beyond. Her many accomplishments are especially impressive considering the challenging nature of her work. We could always count on Ofelia for respect, honesty, constructive criticism, encouragement and demanding the best. Ofelia left a profound impression on us. She is deeply missed.

Antonette Rosato
Antonette "Toni" Rosato was an associate professor of sculpture in the department of art and art history and one of the directors of Arts Bridge at CU. Toni was the kind of person who would steal a piece of your heart the moment that you met her. She was the kindest, most generous individual most of us have ever had the opportunity to call our friend and colleague. A consummate teacher and artist, we will remember Toni as someone who always gave of her time and was completely devoted to her friends, colleagues and students. With all our love we will truly miss her.

Thongone Saynourath
Thongone Saynourath of facilities management died on April 18 in an automobile accident while on her way to work. She was 53. She had worked in facilities management since August 1984 and was a custodian at the campus at the time of her death. She will be remembered as a person who always put others first and who made sure that others were taken care of before herself. She was a lovely lady who was loved and cherished by all who were around her.

Mark Simpson
Mark Simpson, long-time golf coach and one of the most visible and respected people associated with the university for the last third of a century, lost his yearlong battle against lung cancer last Dec. 5, 2005. A proud Colorado native and CU graduate, he coached the Buffaloes for 29 years and earned a massive list of honors, topped by the Golf Hall of Fame distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and induction into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 2005.

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