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A headshot of Stony Brook alum Leonard Steinbach along with The Statesman group photo in 1974. Steinbach passed away at 71 on Jan. 19. Courtesy of Ruth Bonapace.

Leonard Steinbach, a man of purpose and many passions, dead at 71

Mariam Guirgis, Assistant News Editor February 16, 2024

Shortly after graduating from Stony Brook University in 1974, Leonard Steinbach, who also went by “Lenny” and “Len,” threw a party on the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway with his friends....

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SBU alum killed at 22 after being struck by a car

Mariam Guirgis September 10, 2023

Ilona Kaydanov, a talented dancer, dedicated swim and dance instructor and third-degree black belt holder in Taekwondo, died at the age of 22 after being hit by a car on her morning jog on Thursday,...

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A path that goes through the Lee Koppelman Reserve. Koppelman died on March KAT PROCACCI/THE STATESMAN

Legendary LI urban planner and SBU professor dies at 94

Sonya Gugliara April 24, 2022
Lee Koppelman, a Stony Brook professor and urban planner who worked tirelessly to preserve open space, died on March 21 at Stony Brook University Hospital at the age of 94.
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Professor Richard Leakey at the WTTC Global Summit 2015. Leakey died at age 77 on January 2. World Travel & Tourism Council/CC BY 2.0

SBU professor and founder of Turkana Basin Institute Richard Leakey dies at 77

Viola Flowers January 7, 2022
Richard E. Leakey died on Jan. 2, at 77 years old in Nairobi, Kenya, leaving behind an extensive paleoanthropology and conservationist career as a Stony Brook professor in the Department of Anthropology and founder of the Turkana Basin Institute.
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Ryan Durie on a beach. PHOTO COURTESY JODI DURIE

Ryan Durie, SBU marine biology major, dies at 20

Xenia Gonikberg and Chris Cumella March 12, 2021

Ryan Durie, a 20-year-old junior marine biology major at Stony Brook University, died by suicide in his suite on the Southampton campus on Feb. 24.  Upon one of his suitemates discovering Durie...

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Emma Mumper, SBU doctoral student and co-developer of Project Brave, dies at age 26

Niki Nassiri September 30, 2020
“Emma’s dedication to building relationships with us, forming a strong community in and around Stony Brook, and creating a network of support for one another fostered the warmth and connectedness within our cohort that we now hold so dear.”
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