Ivy Leaf - Winter 2010
John E. Boyd III, '55 passed away August 15, 2009, at the age of 76. A life-long educator, Boyd was a full professor at Manor College in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and before that was a reading coordinator for Owen J. Roberts School District in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State, first at Altoona, then at University Park, and earned a bachelor's degree in Education. He later earned his master's at Temple University. Boyd remained a devoted Penn Stater. He was extremely active with Penn State Altoona, where he served as an alumni representative on the Board of Trustees and also helped to establish the Boyd-Monahan Award and the Pioneer Scholarship. Boyd also was a member of the International Reading Association.
Surviving are: wife of twenty-nine years, Constance "Connie" D. (Novinski) Maximowicz Boyd; children Penelope '76, Candace'78, Therese '79 (Altoona 1975-77), John IV, and Carl Boyd, and Linda and Richard Maximowicz; son-in-law Joseph G. Pizarchik '79 (Altoona 1975-77); grandchildren John V, Anne, Charitee, and Hunter; brother Patrick W. Boyd and sister Anne Q. Deckard, both Penn State grads; and many nephews and nieces.
Dick Caram, retired associate professor of theatre arts at Penn State Altoona, died August 11, 2009, at the age of 70, as the result of a car accident. Caram began teaching at the college in 1990, and was an active member of Altoona Community Theatre for approximately ten years. States Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kenneth Womack, "Dick was a great learned fellow, very, very giving of his time and energy and passions. I can't tell you how many people he inspired with artistry and his own particular talents and gifts. It is such a tragedy for the people who would have been able to experience Dick Caram, because while he may have been 70, he was a young 70 and had so much more to give."
Harry E. Slep III, 76, died on November 8, 2009, on his birthday after a battle with Lewy body dementia. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Harry E. II and Florence B. (Brewer) Slep and great-grandson of Harry E. Slep, founder of the Altoona Mirror and for whom the Harry E. Slep Student Center at Penn State Altoona is named. Slep III was a graduate of Penn State, majoring in accounting, as well as a U.S. Army and Pennsylvania National Guard veteran, serving for fourteen years, eleven years as a first sergeant.
Surviving are: wife, H. June Kreiser, of fifty-five years; a son, Harry E. IV and wife, Molly, of Altoona; a daughter, Debra D. Miller and husband, Tim, of Altoona; four grandchildren: H. Edward Slep V, T.J. Miller and wife, Kristin, Sarah Slep and Todd Miller; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Miller; a brother-in-law, Dr. John Packard; and several nieces and nephews.