In Memoriam • NJCU Faculty/Staff

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In an effort to honor members of the university community who have passed away — including students, alumni, and active or retired faculty or staff — the Office of Marketing and Communications has introduced an In Memoriam section of our website for loved ones and friends to leave memories and tributes on NJCU.edu. In accordance with NJCU's new In Memoriam policy, this page is dedicated to honoring active, retired and former administrators, staff, faculty, and adjunct faculty of New Jersey City University and Jersey City State College. When possible, we will link to obituaries, news articles or other sources to honor the deceased.

If you would like to leave remembrances or tributes to the deceased, please complete our In Memoriam form.

If you would like to submit information for the In Memoriam page, please contact news@njcu.edu.

2022

Hilary Englert, 52, Associate Professor of English at NJCU, died on April 25, 2022. She joined the university faculty in September 2003. Between 2008 and 2015, Dr. Englert served as English Department co-chair twice and once as chair. | NJCU News

Louis DeLuca, 88, a former Vice President and Director of College Relations and Development at then Jersey City State College, died on January 2, 2022. | News | Obituary

Reverend Arnold F. Jeter, 82, the final head football coach in NJCU history, died on January 1, 2022. Jeter spent 48 years in college athletics, including the final 17 at NJCU as associate head coach/defensive coordinator, its ninth head football coach and later as its first-ever Coordinator of Athletic Academic Advisement and Retention and CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator, before retiring in July 2012. Jeter's career in college athletics officially spanned 48 years including 39 as a football coach from coast to coast at the Division I and III levels, with stops at the University of Iowa (1966-67), Delaware State University (1967-74), Marshall University (1975-77), University of Wisconsin (1977-86), University of Arizona (1987-90) and Rutgers University (1990-93), before joining the staff at NJCU in 1995. Services will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., Red Bank, N.J. 07701, with a viewing at 10 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. | Retirement Story from 2012 | NJCU News Tribute

2021

Nai-Ni Chen, a current adjunct faculty and dance community partner of NJCU's Music, Dance, and Theatre department, died suddenly in a swimming accident while on vacation in Hawaii on December 12, 2021. She was teaching MDT 116-Dance Techniques Jazz this semester. Nai Ni Chen and her Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, of which she was founder, choreographer and Artistic Director, had donated their time and performances to the students of the A. Harry Moore School for many years. Read the tribute from New Jersey Stage. A Gofundme has been established to assist the family with funeral expenses. | A memorial service was scheduled for January 8 and 9. | Broadway World

Rita C. McKeon `71 `90 M.A. (B.S. in Nursing and M.A. in Nursing Education), 74, an alumna and former adjunct professor of Health Sciences, died on November 23, 2021. In 2006, she was awarded the NJCU Distinguished School Nurse Alumna of the Year Award. | Obituary

Newton Jones Burkett, Jr., 83, a former adjunct professor of research and writing from 1995 to 2008 died on November 3, 2021. | News | Obituary

Robert Thurston, retired administrator and professional services specialist in NJCU's Opportunity Scholarship Program, died on October 20, 2021. He was married to Rosemary Fox Thurston, the Chair of the NJCU Department of History. | Obituary

Eleanor Kreta, 100, a former adjunct professor at Jersey City State, died on October 13, 2021. | Obituary

William 'Bill' Olear, 81, former head football coach at Jersey City State from 1992-94, died on July 15, 2021. | Obituary

Barbara Jean (Nacnodivitz) Eldridge `69, 73, a former academic advisor for veterans at Jersey City State College from 1979-85, died on July 9, 2021. | Obituary

Linda Smith, 72, a former performing arts programming consultant at several schools, including NJCU, died on June 11, 2021. | Obituary

Sister Mary Elizabeth Dacey, 90, a former Adjunct Professor of Communications at three Hudson County schools, including NJCU, died on May 7, 2021. | Obituary

Dr. M. Jerry Weiss, 94, Distinguished Service Professor of Communications Emeritus, who throughout his life made a profound influence on literacy in New Jersey and the United States, passed away on March 12, 2021. On October 5, 2006, NJCU dedicated the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature in his honor. | Obituary

Hugo Morales `85, 59, alumnus and former Director of Marketing, and an artist, educator, and activist, died on February 24, 2021. | Obituary

Sheila Kirven, a beloved member of the NJCU family since November 1998 as an Education Services Librarian and Associate Professor in the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library, died on January 9, 2021. | Obituary