Shortly after the spring 2011 semester ended, the Hofstra community was shocked and saddened by the passing of two distinguished faculty members: Professor of English Dana Brand in May and Associate Professor of Psychology Vincent Brown in August. In September there was more sadness when Hofstra learned of the loss of Professor Emerita Lenore Sandel (M.S. ‘63, Ed.D. ‘70).
At the time of his passing, Dr. Brand and Dr. Richard Puerzer, associate professor and chair of the Department of Engineering, were in the midst of working with the Hofstra Cultural Center on a 2012 conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets. The April 26-28 conference will be dedicated to the memory of Dr. Brand. For more information on the conference, visit hofstra.edu/Mets.
Dr. Sandel’s love of education began with student teaching, more than 65 years ago, and included years of substitute teaching in all grades and subjects, and almost 30 years at Hofstra University. She retired in 1992 after a long and illustrious career at the University, but continued to work as an adjunct professor. In 1994 she was named professor emerita, a tribute to her “long and meaningful service as an accomplished member of the faculty.”
In 2000 Dr. Sandel made a donation of her historically valuable collection of children’s books to the Special Collections Department of the Hofstra Library. She continued to contribute to the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic for many years as a reviewer of children’s and professional books.