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Remembrances: In Memoriam


Remembrances: In Memoriam

For the present, information regarding TC alumni who have passed away is available exclusively on the TC Web site. To view In Memoriam, please visit:

Priska Peier Gysin, who coordinated TC’s Motor Learning Masters specialization from 2004–2008, passed away this winter in Bern, Switzerland. A physical therapist who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Motor Learning at Teachers College, Gysin was mentored by TC faculty member Ann Gentile.
Sister Ursula Kirk, RSCJ, former Associate Professor and head of the Neurosciences and Education Program at TC, died in February 2009. With two colleagues, Kirk developed a neurological assessment tool called the NEPSY, which was published by The Psychological Corporation and enjoys continual use in the U.S. and abroad. Sister Kirk held leadership positions in Sacred Heart schools, including Headmistress at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, Connecticut, from 1962 to 1967, and Director of the Guidance Program at 91st Street in New York City from 1969 to 1976.

Leah Blumberg Lapidus
, a former Professor of Clinical Psychology, died in January 2009. Working with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services and Amnesty International, Lapidus performed psychological evaluations in cases of police brutality, war crimes, human rights violations, and natural and manmade disasters.

Henry J. Rissetto
, Professor Emeritus of Education and Education Administration, passed away in January 2009. Rissetto was an expert in the planning, development and assessment of school facilities and school facility standards. He conducted field surveys of education facility requirements throughout the United States and for the Ministries of Education of Peru, Uganda, Tanzania and Saudi Arabia, and consulted for school districts and architects on the development of schools, colleges and universities. 

Sloan Wayland
, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Education and retired Associate Dean of Teachers College, passed away in September 2008. Concerned with the rapid growth rate of the world’s population, Wayland served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNESCO and The Population Council. He traveled to countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America to help school systems to incorporate population education into their curricula.
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