December 2, 2016
Dear Laurentian friends:
We learned late last night, even as her family was receiving this tragic news, that our colleague and friend June Peoples had died in a pedestrian accident. Hearts are breaking throughout the Laurentian community, at North Country Public Radio of course, where June worked for more than a decade, and on campus, as June was a light of creativity, optimism, and energy for her Advancement and Communications staff members. Our grief is matched by our compassion for her husband, Joel Hurd, who also serves NCPR so capably as production manager. I know you join me in sending love and compassion to Joel and so many others. Station Manager Ellen Rocco wrote to me “We are all in mourning for this bright light we have lost.”
For 12 years, June was the Director of Giving and Finance at North Country Public Radio, where she was responsible for developing strategy, writing, and creative work for all on-air and digital fundraising campaigns as well as writing and developing all direct mail. Her strong writing skills and passion for education brought her to St. Lawrence in June 2016 as our Advancement communications writer. She worked with her colleagues on campus to craft the messages and stories that inspire philanthropy to the University. One of her colleagues, Ryan Deuel, sent me a message this morning that “June’s kindness was readily apparent and nothing less than inspiring. June quickly became a close work-colleague of mine and a highly regarded member of the entire University Communications team.”
Many will also know June as a longtime fitness and wellness advocate. She was a member of our Wellness Committee and a Zumba instructor on campus.
June’s career history also included enrollment management leadership roles at Paul Smith’s College and SUNY Potsdam. She relocated to the North Country from Tennessee after graduating with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Memphis and serving her alma mater in admissions.
As June’s family develops plans to remember her, we will share those plan with you. We invite you to share your reflections on our Memorial Web site, and we also let you know that Ellen Rocco welcomes friends and colleagues who wish to call or stop by the station, if you would find it helpful to be with other people who were close to June. Chaplain Kathleen Buckley and Shaun Whitehead are available to you as well, as you need their ministry of comfort.
Share your memories of June Peoples here.
Read others' memories of June Peoples here.