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 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


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