To: The St. Lawrence Community
From: William L. Fox, President
Date: May 17, 2012
Subject: In Memory: Professor Emerita of Education Judith Mearig
I have the sad duty to share the news that Professor Emerita of Education Judith S. Mearig died on May 14, 2012 at Kendal At Ithaca, New York after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
A native of Temple, Pennsylvania, Judy graduated from Oberlin College, and earned her master’s degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. As part of her time at Oberlin, she spent a year at The University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where her lifelong love of the country and its people began. After completing her doctorate, she immediately joined the St. Lawrence faculty, becoming the founder/coordinator of the graduate program in school psychology. She became a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Orthopsychiatric Association. She has a great passion for the welfare of children with disabilities and published widely on subjects related to ethical issues and dilemmas facing psychologists and other professionals working with children. Judith also had a long and positive relationship with the International Center for Cognitive Development in Jerusalem, Israel.
In our community, Judith was a deacon at the Potsdam Presbyterian Church and she chaired Potsdam’s Bosnian Refugee Resettlement Task Force between 1992 and 1997. In 1998, she retired to the Kendal community where she served on the board of directors for the Ithaca Community Child Care Center and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca.
We pause this weekend to remember our late colleague, thanking her for 34 years of creative and dedicated scholarship and service to those who earned their graduate degrees at our University. A graveside burial service will be held Friday, May 18, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at Laureldale Cemetery located at 4631 Pottsvile Pike Reading, Pennsylvania 19605. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Kendal At Ithaca located at 266 Savage Farm Drive, Ithaca, New York 14850. For those wishing to do so, her family invites memorial contributions to National Parkinson Foundation 1501 N.W. 9th Ave. Miami, FL. 33136-1494.