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In Memory of Ivan Applebaum

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Valencia College retiree Ivan Applebaum passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021, after a battle with metastatic prostate cancer. He was 85. Ivan will be remembered by generations of students, faculty and staff as one of Valencia’s foremost learning leaders and caring educators. His friend and Valencia provost emeritus as well […]

In Memory of Glenda Ramsey

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Glenda May Ramsey, curriculum assistant, senior, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021, at the age of 84. Glenda graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1991 with a bachelor’s in English, completing her degree while she worked for the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department in […]

In Memory of Isabel DeJesus

Monday, February 1, 2021 Isabel DeJesus, who retired from Valencia College in 2017, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, after a courageous fight with COVID-19. Isabel was born on March 13, 1950, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She worked many years at the New York Botanical Gardens in the horticulture department. When she moved to Orlando, Isabel worked […]

In Memory of Colten Aberaham Kamal

Thursday, January 14, 2021 A Message from Kamal Kamal, Professor, Biology Our deepest condolences to Professor of Biology Kamal Kamal whose son, Colten Aberaham Kamal, passed away at the age of 20 on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Kamal shared Colten became eligible for Valencia’s honors program after placement testing. He also shared the following message: Thank you, my […]

In Memory of Charles “Charlie” Miller

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Charles Miller, a retired Valencia College employee known for his basketball coaching skills as well as his efforts in racially integrating sports in Central Florida, recently passed away. He was 90. Charles, or Charlie, as he was known, worked as coach at the College for nine years and later worked in administration before retiring […]

In Memory of Valencia College’s Second President...

Friday, November 13, 2020 A Special Message From Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President I’m saddened to share that Valencia College lost one of its founding fathers recently. Dr. James Gollattscheck, who served as the second president of Valencia from 1970 to 1984, and whose tenure was marked by the College’s astounding growth, passed away on Friday, […]

In Memory of Ozella Knox

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Valencia College retiree Ozella Knox passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020, at the age of 61 in Houston, Texas, where she was living with her daughter and her family after her latest breast cancer diagnosis. She survived two other bouts of cancer in 2000 and 2018. Ozella joined the Valencia family in 2004 […]

In Memory of Francis (Frank) Costa

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Francis Costa, a former Valencia College employee who most recently worked for the Security team at the Osceola Campus, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was 67 years old. Francis, or Frank, as he was known among co-workers, started his career at Valencia in 2012 at the West Campus, […]

In Memory of Retiree Lula B. Crosby Keyes

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Lula B. Crosby Keyes, a professor of Spanish who taught at Valencia College for more than three decades, died in Orlando on Monday, August 24, 2020. She had been in declining health for several years. Her career as a teacher and educator began in the early 1960s at Oak Ridge High […]

In Remembrance — Wanda Rios Almestica

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Wanda Rios Almestica, library assistant, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Wanda began working at Valencia College in 2016 as a part-time library assistant. Wanda’s co-worker, Cynthia Bermeo, library assistant, remembers Wanda — with whom she worked with at the West Campus — as a “phenomenal person to not only […]