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Le Moyne’s Longest-Tenured Faculty Member, Dr. Louis DeGennaro, Dies

The College’s longest-tenured faculty member, Dr. Louis DeGennaro, died Monday, July 5, 2010, following a lengthy illness. He was 86 years old. (Read full obituary here.)

Dr. DeGennaro began teaching biology at Le Moyne in 1949, and retired in 2008, though he remained engaged with the College following his official retirement. He was a distinguished professor emeritus at Le Moyne and research professor emeritus at SUNY Upstate.

“Lou exemplified the dedication and passion Le Moyne faculty have for their students, their discipline and the institution,” said Provost Linda LeMura, Ph.D. “For more than six decades, this remarkable man worked with students in a variety of ways -- in the classroom, in the laboratory conducting research, and as a mentor after they left the College. With Lou, it was about much more than teaching classes: he was always willing to impart his wisdom, experience and knowledge to anyone – students, younger faculty and his peers in the field.”

In his honor, each year at Spring Convocation the College presents The Louis D. DeGennaro, Ph.D. Undergraduate Mentor Award. In addition, at the 2009 convocation, Dr. DeGennaro was present for the unveiling of a plaque that will be placed outside a biology laboratory in the new science complex in his honor.
Dr. DeGennaro penned a piece last year for the Central New York Magazine, reflecting on his life and career. That can be read online here.

Calling hours will take place on Wednesday, July 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fergerson Funeral Home, 215 S. Main St. in North Syracuse. Funeral services will take place at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Thursday, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 411 South Main Street, North Syracuse. Burial with military honors will follow at North Syracuse Cemetery, 555 South Bay Road, North Syracuse.

posted on: 7/7/2010