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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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Professor Aaron William Godfrey passed away on PHOTO CREDIT: STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

SBU Latin professor passes away at 91

Chris Parkinson April 19, 2020
Godfrey lived a long life dedicated to educating thousands of students who attended the universities he taught at. His tenure as a professor can serve as a model for future educators.
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Jade Diaz at her graduation in May. COURTESY OF THE DIAZ FAMILY

Jade Diaz, SBU graduate and loving friend, dies at 22

Maya Brown August 19, 2019
Jade Idalis Diaz, loving friend and recent Stony Brook University graduate, passed away at the age of 22 on June 18.
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Erwin Staller receives an Honorary Degree for Doctor of Humane Letters at the 2001 Doctoral Graduation and Hooding Ceremony at Stony Brook University. Staller passed away last Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.  COURTESY OF STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Long Island developer and philanthropist Erwin P. Staller passes away

Rachel Parker February 18, 2019
Staller is survived by his wife, Pearl Friedman, four children and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be announced soon to take place at the Staller Center.
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Remembering Noah Farrelly

Chris Parkinson December 9, 2018
His teammates considered him a brother and a friend who spread beautiful, unequivocal love.
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Stan Lee at the Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona in 2011. Lee passed away GAGE SKIDMORE/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

Stan Lee Obituary: Marvel Comics, cameos and being a real American hero

Emily Clute November 14, 2018
Stan Lee, pop culture icon and leader of a superhero revolution, has died at the age of 95 on Monday morning.
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First Athletic Director A. Henry von Mechow passes away at 87

First Athletic Director A. Henry von Mechow passes away at 87

Cameron Boon August 30, 2015
A. Henry von Mechow played a critical role in the development of what is now Stony Brook’s athletic programs, from intercollegiate to recreational and everything in between.
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