Intercom Online......June 15, 2000


Peter G. Alonge, janitorial worker at Penn State Schuylkill, from May 3, 1976, until his retirement Jan. 1, 1987; died April 21, at the age of 74.

Grace L. Boldin, food preparer A in Housing and Food Services, from Aug. 29, 1960, until her retirement Jan. 1, 1992; died April 17, at the age of 73.

Ernest E. Fryer, who retired in 1986 from Penn State Erie after 35 years of service, died April 26 at the age of 75. Fryer worked as the director of the Behrend Center's speech and hearing clinic in the 1950s, then taught psychology and served as the director of Counseling and Career Development and Placement. He served as assistant director of resident education and retired as an associate professor of psychology.

Clarence L. Harbaugh, maintenance foreman at Penn State Mont Alto, from Oct. 16, 1965, until his retirement Jan. 9, 1982; died April 22. He was 82.

Shirley S. Hendrick, associate dean/assistant professor of business administration in The Smeal College of Business Administration, from Jan. 27, 1977, until her retirement Jan. 1; died May 22. She was 64.

John (Jack) Kolesar, retired professor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and University Park, died May 13. Kolesar retired from the University in 1990, after 35 years of service. During this time he developed and headed the associate degree programs in surveying technology, highway technology and railroad engineering technology programs. He served as special assistant to the director of Engineering Technology at University Park and was acting head of the department of General Engineering from 1985-88. Upon his retirement from Penn State Wilkes-Barre, the University established the Jack Kolesar Scholarship to benefit surveying and engineering students at the campus.

Donald T. Laird, director emeritus of the computation center and associate professor of computer science in Computer and Information Systems, from Sept. 19, 1949, until his retirement June 30, 1988; died April 15, at the age of 73.

Miriam Lewis, secretary in the Division of Outreach and Cooperative Education, from Dec. 1, 1957, until her retirement Jan. 1, 1980; died April 29, at age 83.

Norman R. Nelson, group leader greenhouse technician in the College of Agricultural Sciences, from Aug. 1, 1967, until his retirement Dec. 31, 1994; died April 16. He was 60.

Robert W. Phillips, assistant professor of physical education in the College of Health and Human Development , from March 1, 1966, until his retirement April 1, 1987; died April 12. He was 74.

George N. Payette, who served from 1969 to 1988 as dean of academic affairs and professor of political science, history, social studies, English and journalism at Penn State Mont Alto, died March 20. Before retiring in 1990, Payette served as assistant to the campus executive officer at Mont Alto. He was 69.

Before serving as dean, Payette was an instructor at the campus from 1966-69. He also served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and served as a news editor for the Pacific Edition of the military newspaper Stars and Stripes in Japan and, from 1958-62, he was news editor for the European Edition of Stars and Stripes in Germany. He earned his master's degree in political science from Penn State. A garden at Emmanuel Chapel on the Mont Alto campus will be dedicated in memory of Payette. Donations may be sent to the University Relations office, Penn State Mont Alto, One Campus Drive, Mont Alto, Pa. 17237.

William S. Toothacker III, 57, professor of physics, died Tuesday, May 16. Toothacker, who began teaching at Penn State in 1984, taught undergraduate classes at Mont Alto and graduate classes at University Park. He was actively involved in scholarly research in high energy physics, and he regularly involved students in his research.

At the time of his death, Toothacker held research grants from the National Science Foundation worth $667,000. He was a member of the American Physics Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, and he contributed more than 80 articles to professional journals. He also served as a reviewer for The American Journal of Physics. He was honored with the first Penn State Mont Alto Faculty Scholar Award in May 1999.

Toothacker earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from Purdue University in 1965. He earned a master's degree in physics from Wayne State University in 1970 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan in 1977.

Memorial contributions may be made to Penn State Mont Alto, One Campus Drive, Mont Alto, Pa. 17237, for a scholarship that will be in established in Toothacker's name.

Deborah S. Venanski, staff assistant VI at Penn State Erie, from Oct. 28, 1985, until her retirement May 1; died May 20. She was 50.

Dewella M. Williams, food preparer in Housing and Food Services, from Sept. 15, 1948, until her retirement Sept. 24, 1983; died May 2, at the age of 78.

Homer W. Woodring, janitorial worker/group leader in the Office of Physical Plant, from Sept. 10, 1950, until his retirement July 2, 1985; died April 22, at age 70.

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