Upstate Leadership Academy

In Memoriam: Our Upstate Family

If you are aware of a recently deceased person for inclusion, please contact the appropriate person below:

Employee and Retiree (includes current NYS, RF, MedBest, Food Service, University Police and Public Safety, Parking Office personnel, and retirees from above):

Volunteer:

  • Kristin Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services (Upstate University Hospital) at brucek@upstate.edu or Rhonda Butler, Manager of Volunteer Services (Upstate University Hospital) at butlerr@upstate.edu

Student:

For questions or concerns regarding the 'In Memoriam: Our Upstate Family' program, please contact Renae Rokicki, President's Office, at rokickir@upstate.edu.
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This page is a tribute to current Upstate employees, current volunteers, current students, and official retirees who have passed away. The Upstate Medical University community extends our sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased and offers our deepest gratitude for their dedicated service.

Please note: While we would like to recognize all members of our extended Upstate family (i.e. prior employees/students/volunteers, former Residents, and Alumni) from any time, we simply cannot do so accurately given our size. Therefore, the information listed on this page represents only deaths from 2014 onwards and only current employees, current volunteers, current students, and official retirees are listed. Our gratitude is extended to all who have been associated with Upstate Medical University even if they are not represented here. We thank you for your understanding.

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2016

Brian A. Messer, Employee
TH CTS In-service Educator, Human Resources
Date of Death: October 15, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 2014-2016 (2 years)
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Ruth M. Rhodes, Retiree
Medical Assistant, Women Health Services
Date of Death: October 12, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1989-2016 (27 years)
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John P. Koch, Retiree
Senior Research Support Specialist, SUNY Research Foundation-General Surgery
Date of Death: October 2, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1977-1995 (18 years)
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Marion E. (Hook) Ramsey, Retiree
Project Staff Assistant (Research Foundation), Anesthesiology
Date of Death: September 15, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1976-1995 (19.75 years)
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Willie Outley Jr, Retiree
Grounds Supervisor, Physical Plant-Maintenance
Date of Death: September 14, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1966-2004 (37.5 years)
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George R. Derochie, Retiree
Motor Vehicle Operator, Physical Plant-Stores
Date of Death: September 14, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1966-1996 (30.5 years)
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Michael P. Stratton, Employee
Hospital Attendant 1, Nursing OR
Date of Death: September 5, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 2000-2016 (16 years)
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Deborah Massey, Retiree
TH Staff Assistant 1, Perinatal Center
Date of Death: September 5, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1992-2010 (18.5 years)
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Ronald E. Fortin, Retiree
T & R Center Speciality Nurse, Nursing, 6I Surgical ICU
Date of Death: August 8, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 2001-2014 (13 years)

Peter J. Spielman, Employee
University Public Safety, Securitas Security Services
Date of Death: August 4, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 2014-2016 (2 years)
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William J. Patla, Retiree
Mental Heath Therapy Aide, Nursing, 4B Psychiatry
Date of Death: June 25, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1996-2008 (12.5 years)
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Linda L. Richards, Employee
Billing Specialist, MedBest Orthopedic Surgery
Date of Death: May 24, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 2012-2016 (4 years)
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Curtis (Kip) VanBuren, Retiree
Assistant to Vice-President, Contracts Office
Date of Death: May 8, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1964-2007 (43 years)
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Dr. Robert K. Kanter, Retiree
Professor, Pediatrics
Date of Death: March 29, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1992-2015 (23 years)
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Roberta I. "Bobbi" Dungey, Retiree
Secretary II, SUNY Research Foundation-Orthopedic Surgery
Date of Death: March 7, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1989-2010 (21 years)
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Myrtle Bush, Employee
TH In service Educator-Registered Nurse, CG-Health Education Registry
Date of Death: January 21, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 2011-2016 with Upstate (4.5 years) and 1991-2011 with Community (20 years)
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Julianna M. Mahon, Employee
Registered Nurse, MedBest Radiology
Date of Death: January 1, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 2006-2011 with Upstate (4.5 years) and 2015-2016 with MedBest (8 months)
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Dr. William H. Bergstrom, Retiree
Professor, Pediatrics
Date of Death: January 16, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1952-1977 (25.5 years)
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Mary L. Fox, Retiree
Calculations Clerk 1, Fiscal Services Division
Date of Death: January 30, 2016
Approximate Time of Service: 1988-1998 (10 years)
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2015

Ronald J. Daloia, Retiree
TH Social Worker, Continuum of Care-Social Work
Date of Death: December 30, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1975-2007 (32 years)
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Sarah Canale, Retiree
Keyboard Specialist 1, Psychiatry
Date of Death : December 24, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1978-1989 (11 years)
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Helen J. Kelly, Employee
Billing Specialist, MedBest Billing
Date of Death: December 11, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 2003-2006 (3 years) and 2007-2015 (8 years)
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Dr. Ashok Devasenapathy, Employee
Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Campus-Neurology
Date of Death: December 10, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 2010-2015 (5 years)
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Mathew Adukkalil, Retiree
T&R Center Nurse 2, Nursing 8B
Date of Death: November 25, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1976-1997 & 1998-2005 (29 years)
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Richard W. Sharpe, Employee
T & R Center Nurse 2, Community Campus-Inpatient Psychiatry Department
Date of Death: November 9, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 2011-2015 with Upstate (4 years) and 2004-2011 with Community (7 years)
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Dorothy M. Carruthers, Retiree
TH Staff Assistant 2, Department of Medicine
Date of Death: November 17, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1964-1993 (29 years)
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Patricia A. Baker, Retiree
TH Staff Associate (Admitting Director), Patient Access Services
Date of Death: October 19, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1965-1997 (31 years)
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Donna Halstead, Employee
Nursing Assistant 2, CG-Emergency Department
Date of Death: October 21, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 2011-2015 with Upstate (4 years) and 2003-2011 with Community (8 years)
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Dorothy M. Stechyshyn, Retiree
Senior Stenographer, Pathology
Date of Death: October 7, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1973 - 1994 (21 years)
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Michael A. Davis, Employee
Cleaner, Department of Environmental Services - Community Campus
Date of Death: September 11, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 2008 - 2015 (7.5 years)
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Carrie Brindisi-Greene, Retiree
TH Staff Assistant 1, Nursing - Peds Specialty Center
Date of Death: August 18, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1993 - 2015 (22 years)
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Dr. Irma M. Fattal, Employee
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry - Clinical Campus
Date of Death: August 15, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 1986 - 2015 (29 years)
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Beverly "Bev" Vazquez, Employee
T&R Center Nurse 1, Community Campus-5E Transitional Care Unit
Date of Death: August 6, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 17 months (2013-2015)
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Lillie M. Newman, Retiree
Cleaner, Environmental Services
Date of Death: July 15, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 27 years (1967-1994)
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Carmella "Millie" (Praino) Corbett, Retiree
Data Entry Machine Operator, Hospital Purchasing
Date of Death: July 5, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 4.5 years (1993-1997)
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David S. Packard Jr., Ph.D. , Retiree
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Date of Death: July 1, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 28.5 years (1973-2002)
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Josh Shein, Medical Student
Class of 2017
Date of Death: June 6, 2015

Ida May Kwiatkowski, Employee
Office Assistant 1, Community Campus-Materials Management
Date of Death: June 4, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 6 months (January 8, 2015)
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Dr. Philip L. Ferro, Retiree
Clinical Professor, OB/GYN
Date of Death: June 3, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 26 years (1989-2015)
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Debra Ann Rosen, Retiree
Nursing Station Clerk 1, Nursing Ambulatory Procedures (AP-1)
Date of Death: May 30, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 34 years (1979-2013)
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Dr. Stephen H. Manglos, Employee
Associate Professor, Radiology
Date of Death: April 14, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 27 years (1987-2015)
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Joan M. Barber, Retiree
Nursing Station Clerk 1, Nursing-Surgical Specialities
Date of Death: March 5, 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 17 years (1975-1992)
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Donald J. Gatto Jr., Retiree
Cleaner, Environmental Services-Hospital
Date of Death: February 12, 2015
Approximately Time of Service: 17 years (1984-2001)
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Dr. Barbara A. W. Streeten, Retiree
Professor, Ophthalmology
Date of Death: February 8. 2015
Approximate Time of Service: 44 years (1964-2008)
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Nancy Calhoun, Retiree
T H Social Worker, Social Work Department
Date of Death: January 10, 2015
Approximate Time of service: 15.5 years (1996-2011)
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2014

Melanie M. Rich, Retiree
Director of Marketing and University Communications (TH Associate Administrator), Marketing & University Communications
Date of Death: December 29, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 17.5 years (1995-2013)
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Robert Bovard, Employee
Cleaner, Physical Plant-Campus Services
Date of Death: November 27, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 44 years (1970-2014)
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Gwynne M. Lazarek, Retiree
Hospital Patient Services Clerk 1, Patient Access Services
Date of Death: November 22, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 22 years (1988-2010)
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Tyrone P. "Ty" Reddick, Retiree
Maintenance Helper, Physical Plant
Date of Death: November 15, 2014
Approximate Time of service: 29 years (1967-1996)
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Anne Luteran, Employee
Calculations Clerk 2, Financial Services
Date of Death: November 8, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 6.5 years (2008-2014)
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Dr. Richard Aubry, Retiree
Professor, OB/GYN Department
Date of Death: October 11, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 50 years (1963-2013)
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Catherine Petitte, Retiree
T&R Center Nurse 2, Nursing
Date of Death: September 17, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 2003-2014 (11.5 years)
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Frances Beckwith, Retiree
T&R Center Practical Nurse, Nursing
Date of Death: September 10, 2014
Approximate Time of service: 22.5 years (1969-1991)
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Regan R. Gresham, Employee
General Mechanic, CG-Plant Operations
Date of Death: August 13, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 2011-2014 with Upstate (3 years) and 2007-2011 with Community (4 years)
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Sonja Robinson, Retiree
Nursing Assistant 2, Emergency Department
Date of death: August 9, 2014
Approximate time of service: 17 years (1996-2013)

Martha A. Temple, Retiree
Nursing Station Clerk 1, Nursing
Date of death: July 17, 2014
Approximate time of service: 19 years (1978-1997)
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Leonard Hersher, PhD, Retiree
Associate Professor, Health Sciences-Pediatrics
Date of Death: July 11, 2014
Approximate time of service: 38 years (1954-1992)
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James Fuller, Retiree
General Mechanic, Physical Plant-Hospital Construction Crew
Approximate time of service: 15 years (1994-2009)
Date of Death: July 20, 2014
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Janice Reynolds, Retiree
Secretary 1, Physical Plant-MOC Center
Date of Death: June 28, 2014
Approximate time of service: 22 years (1987-2009)
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David Martinez, Employee
Clinical Assistant Professor with Clinical Campus-Medicine
Date of Death: June 13, 2014
Approximate time of service: 8 years (2005-2014)
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Rosemary Klein, Retiree
TH Nurse Practitioner, Family Medicine-CNYOHCC
Date of Death: June 12, /2014
Approximate Time of Service: 1979-2013 (37 years)
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Andres Meneses, Retiree
Food Service Worker, Department of Food and Nutrition
Date of Death: May 23, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 14 years (2000-2014)
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Thomas Brisk, Retiree
Maintenance Assistant, Physical Plant-North Zone
Date of Death: April 14, 2014
Approximate time of service: 32 years (1982-2013)
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Thomas E. Trachimowicz, Retiree
Hospital Attendant 1, Radiology
Date of Death: March 29, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 21 years (1992-2013)
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Linda Ryan, Employee
TH Staff Assistant 1, Ambulatory Services Administration
Date of Death: March 11, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 2009-2014 (5 years)
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Louise Day, Volunteer
Date of Death: March 10, 2014
Approximate time of service: 41 years
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Helen Pierson Hoverstad, Volunteer
Date of Death: February 9, 2014
Approximate time of service: 40 years
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Filomena Caputo Rudiger, Volunteer
Date of Death: January 27, 2014
Approximate time of service: 8 years
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Karen Adams, Retiree
TH Sterile Supply Technician 1, Central Distribution Services
Date of Death: January 27, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 1979-2013 (34 years)
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Georgette Phillips, Volunteer
Date of Death: January 26, 2014
Approximate time of service 13 years
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Jack White, Volunteer
Date of Death: January 4, 2014
Approximate time of service: 19 years
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Robert Donahue, Volunteer
Date of Death: January 1, 2014
Approximate time of service: 37 years
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David Temple, Retiree
Assistant to the VP, Research Administration
Date of Death: January 1, 2014
Approximate Time of Service: 1976-2010 (34 years)
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