In Memory

Posted: November 1, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Connor McBride

Connor McBride, 25, a general maintenance worker in Facilities Management, passed away on Oct. 16. Originally from Islip, New York, he had worked at Mason since graduating from high school.

McBride loved music, and played the bass guitar. He also loved to travel, visiting Ireland a number of times with his family. His father, O’Connor McBride, is the locksmith in Facilities Management.

For more than five years, McBride worked the night shift at Mason performing various maintenance and repairs. He was promoted early on to a classified employee. In 2006, he was promoted again to the day shift, where he remained until his death.

A cherry tree was planted in memory of McBride on the banks of Mason Pond at his father’s request. A ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. today at the site of the tree planting. Tom Calhoun, vice president of facilities, will conduct the ceremony, and various members of McBride’s family will share remarks.

“He was a very hard worker for our department and always liked to stay busy,” says Paul Kashmer, assistant director of administration/personnel. “He was very quiet, but he joked around a lot. Everyone liked him.”

Kashmer says he recently received a letter signed by 10 of McBride’s co-workers at Mason saying, “We will never forget Connor. He will be missed by us all.”

Lloyd DeBoer

Lloyd DeBoer, Dean Emeritus of the former School of Business Administration, passed away on Oct. 15. DeBoer joined Mason in 1973 as professor of marketing and chair of what was then the Department of Business Administration. He played a pivotal role in transitioning the department into the present-day School of Management.

The School of Business Administration was established in 1977, and DeBoer was selected as its first dean, a position he held until resigning in 1986.

In 1987, DeBoer was named Faculty of the Year by the Alumni Association. Additionally, DeBoer was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Inova Health System Inc. and was active in the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Larry Czarda, vice president for regional campuses, says he remembers DeBoer “quite well as a very competent, energetic dean of the School of Business Administration who had a broad range of educational interests.”

Czarda also recalls that as an active member of the “Urban Village Task Force,” DeBoer coined the term “distributed university” when speaking of Mason’s role in serving the Northern Virginia community. “That is just one small example of the great contribution he made to Mason during some of our formative years,” Czarda says.

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