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In Memory: Rex Bernstein ’15

Rex Bernstein ’15 passed away on Saturday, January 10.Rex Bernstein '15 A memorial service will be held this Sunday in Nyack, NY. Dean Mike Whaley sent out details on Tuesday in this email:

Rex’s family is planning a memorial service at the Nyack Center in Nyack, NY, for Sunday January 25th.  The service begins at Noon.

If you are interested in helping to plan a campus memorial for Rex,  please be in touch with The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life by contacting Rabbi David Teva and/or Rev. Tracy Mehr-Muska. They can also be a source of support to you.

We will update this post as information about a campus memorial service becomes available.

From this obituary:

Rex was a big guy with a big heart, a big smile, a big laugh and a twinkle in his eye. Rex had a quick wit and a lot of opinions. He had the courage of his convictions. He loved and was loved by many: his parents, his sister Olive, his cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, his friends in Nyack, in the world of swimming, at Wesleyan, and the community of musicians around the world that watched him grow from a boy to a man. And his dog Gato.

To honor Rex’s deep love of animals, contributions can be made in his name to: Dapper Dog // Hopeful Tails Rescue, 37A Route 59, Nyack, NY 10960.

In Memory: Noah Langholz ’13, Wesleyan Student, Passes Away

Noah Langholz

According to a Facebook post from his family, Noah Langholz ’13 passed away on March 19, 2013. The funeral will be tomorrow in Los Angeles. Here is the post:

Noah passed away yesterday March 19, 2013. The funeral will take place on Friday March 22 at 12 noon, Mount Sinai Memorial Park. 5950 Forest Lawn Drive Los Angeles, CA 90068

Readers are encouraged to send their thoughts and prayers to Noah’s family in honor of his memory. Students who are on campus are also welcome to gather in the DFC Lounge at 1 p.m. this Friday.

Born on June 28, 1990, Noah had many interests, including film, photography, architecture, and languages. He grew up in Pasadena, California, and graduated from the Waverly School in 2009. Though he entered Wesleyan as part of the Class of 2013, Noah worked at an architecture firm in San Francisco, California during the 2011-2012 academic year, which led him to become a member of the Class of 2014 and a studio art major. He had been a part of the Wesleyan sailing team and a former resident of Film Hall and Russian House, and he had worked as a projectionist for the Film Series and as a tour guide. Many of Noah’s friends thought of him as compassionate, thoughtful, and engaging. As a Wesleying contributer and friend of Noah stated, “Words are not enough to convey how much he will be missed at Wesleyan by his friends, classmates, and professors. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this tragic time. Rest in peace, Noah. You will be missed.”

In Memory: Laurel Appel, Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology, Passes Away

According to the Durham-Middlefield Patch, Laurel Appel, Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology, has passed away at the age of 50. In addition to her parents, siblings, and children, Dr. Appel, who lived in Durham, is survived by her husband of 20 years, Professor of Biology Michael Weir. The online obituary notes that Dr. Appel also directed the Ronald E. McNair Program at Wesleyan:

Laurel Frances Appel was born July 13, 1962, in Princeton, NJ, and grew up in Urbana, IL. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1984 and received a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, when she moved to Connecticut. She married Michael Weir in 1993. At Wesleyan, she directed the Ronald E. McNair Program, which supports and nurtures first-generation college students and students in underrepresented groups for entry into graduate programs.

Dr. Appel most recently appeared in the news last month, when the Wesleyan Connection mentioned her as a speaker for “Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science,” a CFA symposium.

There will be a celebration of her life tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Chapel. Read the obituary here.

[Durham-Middlefield Patch]

In Memory: Pat Colletta, Pi Cashier, Passes Away After Four Decades at Wes

Yesterday I was saddened to learn that Pat Colletta, who worked as a cashier in Pi Cafe, passed away on February 25 after more than 40 years of service at Wesleyan.

“I’m sorry to say the news is true, Pat Colletta is no longer with us,”  wrote food services director Gary Kriksciun in an email to Wesleying. “She started with Wesleyan Dining Services in 1969.  Of course, in that time Pat made many friends on campus. It’s hard to contemplate the tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff she interacted with over the years.”

According to Kriksciun, Pat was most recently a cashier at Pi but held many different job titles during her years at Wes. An obituary notes that she was 76 years old.

Kriksciun also sent the funeral arrangements for Pat, which appear on a sign in Pi. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at St. Pius Church in Middletown.

“She was an incredibly sweet person and I’m sure I speak for everyone who has worked at Pi over the past few decades that she will be greatly missed,” commented Pi employee Sam Melvin ’13.

In Memory: Paul Schaffel ’12

Dean Mike Whaley emailed students this morning with the sad news that Paul Schaffel ’12, a recent graduate in history and psychology, died earlier this month from an illness. Dean Whaley’s email appears below in full:

Dear Students and Faculty Colleagues,

It is my sad duty to inform you that Paul Schaffel, from the Class of 2012, died earlier this month after a long illness.  A history and psychology double major from New York City, he touched many in our community with his wonderful and easy-going manner.  Paul’s illness was diagnosed last December, but he nonetheless completed an ambitious senior thesis on Indian student revolutionaries in London in the early twentieth century, for which he received high honors and was awarded the Butler Prize.  Paul was also the editor in chief of Wesleyan’s undergraduate history journal, Historical Narratives.

Vijay Pinch, who served as Paul’s thesis advisor, said that Paul wrote beautifully and easily, was brimming with intelligence, and was enormously fun to be around.  “I count myself as blessed to have had him as a thesis student, mostly because he was so smart and interesting,” Pinch wrote.

Paul had been admitted to Columbia, Harvard and Stanford law schools, and it is so sad that he did not have an opportunity to dazzle faculty and classmates at one of these prestigious institutions as he did here at Wesleyan.