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Landmark Memorializes Robert Sargent Fay

by Solvegi Shmulsky
On Monday, November 11, 2013, Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Sargent Fay will be remembered in a memorial service at Landmark College. Dr. Fay, who passed away in May of this year, was a gifted photographer, classroom teacher, mentor and friend to many in the community. In 2011, he retired from his full-time faculty position as a member of the English Department and became the first professor emeritus at the College. The service will be held in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium of the East Academic Building from 10 to 11 a.m. 

The Fay family and their guests will be present at the memorial, which is also open to the entire Landmark College community. Landmark College President Dr. Peter Eden will welcome attendees who have gathered to remember Dr. Fay.  Eden noted in an announcement to the campus in May 2013 that the community will "really miss Robert and the purity of his actions and accomplishments as an educator, artist and all-around terrific human being.” Following Eden’s remarks at the memorial, two students, Michaela Hearst and Tim McLaughlin, will share their remembrances, and Gabriella Zeidan will sing Dancing in the Sky, by artists Dani and Lizzy, in honor of Dr. Fay. Faculty members Sandy Bower and Humberto Ramirez will speak, and the Fay family will speak at the close of the ceremony.  Following the ceremony, attendees will be invited to an exhibit of Dr. Fay’s photography in the Fine Arts Building Gallery.

Dr. Fay received a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and a Doctor of Education from Harvard University. He came to Landmark College in 2001 and was named the first Professor Emeritus in 2011, after his retirement. During his tenure at Landmark College, he was not only active in the classroom, but served as a member of the Faculty Senate and taught in the College’s summer program for High School students. Most recently, he served students by providing direct instruction and academic support in the Drake Center for Academic Support.

Dr. Fay often shared his love and talent for photography with the College– most notably in his exhibit celebrating the spirit of the people of Landmark College on the occasion of the College’s 25th anniversary, and in the  book “Ocian in View! O! the Joy: A Collection of Photographs of the American West” published by Landmark College in honor of its 20th anniversary. 

Members of the Landmark College community are invited to remember Dr. Fay and his contributions to the College on Monday, November 11th from 10 to 11 a.m. Dr. Fay’s photography will be displayed In the FAB Gallery through November 22nd, 2013.

Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today Landmark College, offering two and four-year degree options, a graduate-level certificate in universal design with technology integration, and summer programs for students who learn differently, is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD. Students, faculty, and other professionals from all over the world are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model—designed through research and practice to help all students who learn differently become confident, self-empowered, and independently successful learners.

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