When a current or retired employee of West Chester University passes away, the Human Resources Office will send out a bereavement announcement to the campus community via an all-users email. Please complete the Bereavement Announcement Request Form so that accurate information is shared.
Awilda Reyes is a retired Associate Professor for the Francis Harvey Green Library. Anyone who knew Awilda Reyes knew that she was proud of her Puerto Rican heritage but she was even more proud to be a university librarian. Her career path took her from Colorado State University (10 years) to Cheyney University (1 year) to WCU where she served 11 years as a librarian in charge of government documents, interacting with other faculty all across the campus.
For the past 25 years, Ozzie has been employed by West Chester University as a Maintenance Repairman for Facilities Plant Operations. For the past 43 years he has also worked with his long-time friend Jim, of Jim O’Brien’s Electric. Additionally, Ozzie was in constant demand for his highly skilled services as a self-employed contractor in the Chester County area. He was well-known “as a jack of all trades” in all aspects of construction to include carpentry, masonry, brickwork, plumbing and electrical repair.
Dr. Waclaw Szymanski joined West Chester University in 1985. Here, he received several awards and honors, most notably the Research and Publication Award during 1986-87, the Faculty Development Award in 1987 and 1989, the Council of Trustees Award in 1987, and the CASSDA grant in 1991. His research in functional analysis received international recognition so much so that Japanese mathematician Fumio Kuro has coined the term Szymanski Family for certain mathematical objects, studied by Dr. Szymanski, that are related to what is known as von Neumann algebras. Dr. Waclaw Szymanski was a member of London Mathematical Society and a life-member of American Mathematical Society. In 2010, he turned his attention to ethnomathematics and history of mathematics and co-authored with Dr. Ximena Catepillan of Millersville University a book entitled Mathematics in a Sample of Cultures published by the Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. At the time of his death he was engaged along with a colleague, in doing research on the contribution of the Polish Mathematicians in unfolding the mysteries in breaking of Hitler’s Enigma cipher code. In the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Szymanski was respected by colleagues and students alike. He will be dearly missed by us all.
Richard joined the music faculty at West Chester State College in 1961 as an associate professor and instructor of double reeds. In the early years he also served as the director of the WCSC Marching Band. Before retiring in 1991, he published nine original compositions and arrangements.
Glenna was employed at West Chester University, spending most of her career at the F.H.G. Library. It was here that she formed many friendships that lasted throughout the years. Upon retiring in 2009, after 39 years of service, she was able to pursue her many interests. Glenna had a love for animals, shopping, watching movies, reading and trips to the casino. Glenna is survived by all of the incredible friends she made throughout her life. She will be dearly missed.
Miss Williams taught studio voice and conducted numerous choral ensembles at West Chester University for 36 years (1955-91). The University honored her with the designation of Emeritus for her dedicated years of service and her significant contributions to her professional field.