In Memoriam

Bosey Foote, UM’s Former First Lady, Passes Away

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Bosey and Tad Foote

Bosey Foote stands with her husband, Tad Foote, at the January 2010 ceremony where the University Green was renamed in President Foote’s honor.

In his inaugural address as president of the University of Miami, Edward “Tad” Foote II noted that he wanted to raise the profile of the University, both academically and aesthetically. And during his two decades in office, he often credited his wife, Bosey Foote, with helping in those accomplishments.

“Bosey’s contribution to the University has been tremendous,” Foote once said. “The most obvious example is the campus environment, but no one will ever truly know how important she has been to the University of Miami, except me. We’ve done this together.” Read the full story

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Memorial Mass for the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, President Emeritus of Notre Dame University, at St. Augustine Church March 26

Fr_Ted_Hesburgh_of_Notre_Dame_Mass_Announcement (1)St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center will hold a memorial mass for the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame University, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. The University of Miami community and the public are invited to attend.

Hesburgh, who was president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church, and national and international affairs, died on February 26 at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97.

“With his leadership, charisma and vision, he turned a relatively small Catholic college known for football into one of the nation’s great institutions for higher learning,” said the Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “In his historic service to the nation, the church and the world, he was a steadfast champion for human rights, the cause of peace and care for the poor.”

Read more about Father Hesburgh’s public service and contributions to education, social justice, national and international affairs, the church, and society at large.

St. Augustine Church is located at 1400 Miller Road, Coral Gables.


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Rod Wellens, Longtime Chair of Psychology, Passes Away

By Annette Gallagher
UM News

UM's Department of Psychology experienced tremendous growth during Rod Wellens' tenure as chair.

Rod Wellens

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 19, 2014) — Albert Rodney “Rod” Wellens, professor and longtime chair of the Department of Psychology who left an indelible mark on the University, the community, and the people he mentored, passed away at home and surrounded by his family on December 17 after an illness. He was 68.

Wellens, who joined the University in 1972, became a full professor in 1988 and chair of the psychology department in 1992—a post he held with distinction until 2013. Read the full story

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Edna C. Shalala, Mother of UM President Donna E. Shalala, Passes Away at 103

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Edna C. Shalala

Edna C. Shalala

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 2, 2014) – During more than a century of living, Edna C. Shalala witnessed a multitude of milestones achieved by women—from the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote, to Sally Ride’s historic flight aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, making her the first American woman in space.

Diminutive in size but a giant in her accomplishments, Shalala also made history of her own, becoming the first female attorney of Syrian-Lebanese descent to practice law in Cleveland, Ohio. Read the full story

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Beloved ’Cane Linda Sher-Collado Passes Away

Linda Sher-Collado, a longtime reservationist at the University Center/Student Activities Center who was beloved by students and the community, passed away Friday from cancer.

“She always tried to help, sharing her ‘can do’ spirit, positive attitude and creative approach warmly with three generations of UM students,” said Pat Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “She always adored the U and would stop at nothing to help our students make their programs and events a reality.”

For the past 23 years, Sher-Collado worked as a reservationist in the Whitten University Center/Student Activities Center. An avid sailor who lived in Coconut Grove, she had recently transitioned to the SAC and assumed a number of new responsibilities. She also managed the UC Pool for many years and was always supportive of the UM Swimming and Diving Program.

This past spring, she was nominated for the Association of Greek Letter Organization (AGLO) Outstanding Faculty Member & Staff Award and was recognized at the organization’s annual Apple Polishing Reception for all of her hard work on behalf of the students. She also served as a member of the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee.

“Above all,” Whitely said, “Linda was a consummate Miami Hurricane, a great person who never hesitated to share a smile or a hello as she buzzed through her day. She cared and loved our students and community. She will be sorely missed.”

Sher-Collado is survived by her husband, Alberto, and two sons, Ian and Griffin, a current undergraduate student at the University of Miami.

A memorial viewing is scheduled for Monday, November 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Van Orsdel Funeral Home, 4600 S.W. 8 Street, Coral Gables, Fla. 33134 (305-667-6070).


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