In Memoriam: Jean Vandenbosch

Our dear friend and colleague, Ms. Jean Vandenbosch, passed away Sunday, April 9, in Laurel, Maryland. She recently had surgery and ultimately did not have the strength to recover from this necessary procedure.

From Department Chair Shawn Parry-Giles: "I know I speak for so many whose hearts are broken over this news. Rarely do we have the opportunity to meet and work with such a kind person who brightened up any room she entered. She touched so many students because she loved every minute she got to spend in the classroom. She leaves behind a legacy for many students and colleagues who were inspired by her energy and love of teaching and learning. Jean's influences will linger in both our OCP and GSIT programs--programs that she supported with her mentoring of instructors and students. She particularly loved working with our international students and instructors and helping with the difficult transition into the U.S. classroom. Almost every day she came to my office to share new ideas that she wanted to bring to our program in support of our students. She was self-less in her dedication to students and lived every moment until the end of her life devoting herself to them. I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know Jean Vandenbosch. I feel a profound sense of loss already. I also want to express my condolences to Jean's colleagues from PG Community College. Many of you have worked with Jean for decades. This news will be particularly hard for you and I am so sorry for your loss of such a close friend."

The Diamondback featured a story about Jean's passing on its front page: http://www.dbknews.com/2017/04/13/umd-communications-professor-death/

 

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