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Former musical theatre head remembered for reimagining program

Stephen Terrell led Emerson's musical theater program for 13 years.
By Ann E. Matica, Assistant News Editor August 30, 2020

When Stephen Terrell was hired by Emerson in 2003, the musical theatre program needed new leadership—a fresh perspective to lift the program to a higher tier.  Terrell, as head of the program, saw...

Emerson benefactor and WHDH owner Edmund Ansin dies at 84

Ansin donated millions to Emerson, purchasing the Ansin Building and creating two separate scholarship funds.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter July 26, 2020

Edmund Ansin, Emerson benefactor and owner of the news station WHDH in Boston, died Sunday, company officials confirmed to The Beacon. Ansin was the billionaire co-founder of Sunbeam Television which...

Emerson Police Lieutenant remembered for positive, caring nature

Amanda, Morse's daughter, said her father was always the first one to crack a joke.
By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor May 22, 2020

  Dan Morse’s laugh lit up every room he entered.  Worcester State University Police Chief Jason Kapurch, who worked with Morse for over 20 years at WSU, said that Morse’s laugh was...

Emerson alumni and Trustee remembered for his public relations legacy

“He contributed tremendously to both the Emerson and the Boston community in general,
By Belen Dumont, News Editor April 8, 2020

Chairman and CEO Larry Rasky ‘78 managed Rasky Partners by walking around instead of staying in his office, his colleague Sandra Goldfarb explained. She said she’ll miss their funny and lively conversations...

Nationally renowned painter and Marlboro benefactor dies at 92

Nationally renowned painter and Marlboro benefactor dies at 92
By Faith Bugenhagen April 4, 2020

Cecily Kahn remembers the many times she would accompany her father, Wolf Kahn, to find new subject matter for him to illustrate. Wolf Kahn was a renowned artist who frequently sought inspiration from...

Former chair of Performing Arts Department Leo Nickole dies at 93

Courtesy
By Elena Naze April 3, 2020

Emerson alumnus and professor emeritus Leo Nickole died Wednesday at 93, an email from President M. Lee Pelton announced Friday evening.  A Korean War veteran, Nickole graduated Emerson in 1949 with...

Emerson remembers Daniel Hollis’ kindness, warmth, and his love for Travis Scott

Courtesy of Skyler Celotto
By Belen Dumont, News Editor November 21, 2019

Emerson Sophomore Daniel Hollis was the type of team player and friend that showed up to lacrosse practice on a chilly fall day even though he had bronchitis and knew he couldn’t step onto the field.  Senior...

Rob Tobias ’81 (1959-2019)

Rob Tobias
By Contributed Obituary November 20, 2019

Rob Tobias died November 15 after a year-long and courageous fight with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.  He was 60 years old. He was born October 2, 1959 in Hartford, CT, and was...

Former students recall professor’s kindness

Moses Shumow was loved by his students and colleagues, a former student of his said. Courtesy of Florida International University
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter October 23, 2019

Updated 10/24/19: This article was updated to include information about a memorial service for Shumow Florida International University senior Bianca Marcof remembered sitting in her Intro to Digital...

Community mourns the loss of renowned photographer David Akiba

Courtesy of Jane Akiba
By Anissa Gardizy September 8, 2019

Jane Akiba clicked through pictures on her computer, her eyes sifting through the images of her children playing in fall leaves, sitting at the kitchen table, or getting dressed up for Halloween.  The...

Beloved mentor and financial administrator dead after battle with cancer

Maureen Murphy, 64, died in December after an eight-month long battle with ovarian cancer.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter January 15, 2019

Vice President for Administration and Finance Maureen Murphy walked into the fall 2016 Media Art Gallery and witnessed a scene that looked straight out of a David Bowie music video. Models dressed...

Lucas Flint remembered as a kind-hearted, dedicated student

Flint grew up in East Bridgewater, Mass. Courtesy of Susan Flint.
By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor January 14, 2019

At 15 years old, Lucas Flint performed tedious tasks at the Emerson radio station WERS as part of a volunteer program for non-Emerson students. Flint, an East Bridgewater, Massachusetts native, was...

College grieves loss of world renowned artistic director and professor

Joseph D. Ketner II passed away after a year-long battle with bile duct cancer. Courtesy of President M. Lee Pelton's office.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter September 19, 2018

Sydney Manning ‘13 remembers sitting in the first day of “Europe After the Rain”—a class about European art post World War ll—with late professor Joseph D. Ketner ll standing in front of her...

Wapman remembered for loyalty and compassion

Friends said Wapman was enigmatic, but caring and talented.
By Nathanael King May 19, 2017

In the course of his research on the intersection of existential philosophy and experimental animation, Miles Wapman asked his professor for help finding existing resources on the topic, afraid that his...

Rosas remembered for clever comedy and authenticity

Rosas remembered for clever comedy and authenticity
By Laura King, The Berkeley Beacon April 13, 2016

Last spring, Ishmael Rosas performed stand-up at The Hideout, a bar in Faneuil Hall. He and his friend, fellow Emerson student Natalie Torres, had signed up for the open mic after participating in similar...

Christopher remembered for individualism, humor, and compassion

“She was right up in there,” said Samuel Potrykus, co-director of Boston Hassle, said of Christopher's photographic method. “She was one of the great ones. It was clear that she had a passion for it and that she got it.”
By Christina Jedra, The Berkeley Beacon May 6, 2015

A few weeks ago, Lilly Christopher was excitedly planning her 21st birthday. The sophomore journalism major and music lover told an Emerson friend that she wanted to throw a concert in her Brighton apartment...

Linda Moore, former VP of academic affairs, is remembered

Linda Moore, former VP of academic affairs, is remembered
By Laura King, The Berkeley Beacon March 11, 2015

During her 10 years at the college, Linda Moore, the former vice president of academic affairs, became an integral part of the Emerson community, from drafting the faculty handbook to faithfully remembering...

Emerson mourns dining hall worker

Emerson mourns dining hall worker
By Jack Adams, The Berkeley Beacon December 4, 2014

Every time Emerson alumnus Tom Carroll went to the home cooking station in the dining hall, he said he knew he could count on Westley Johnson to put a smile on his face. “He was the life of the party,”...

Menino remembered as friend of Emerson

Thomas Menino visited the Bill Bordy Theater in 2010.
By Rory Sheil, The Berkeley Beacon October 29, 2014

Thomas Michael Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, left behind a legacy that has helped make Emerson the campus students recognize today. His death on Oct. 30, which came after a year of battling...

Straus remembered for kindness, humor

Straus remembered for kindness, humor
By Christina Jedra, The Berkeley Beacon October 22, 2014

At resident assistant Caitlin Brown’s first floor meeting of the semester, she asked her Colonial Building residents for a volunteer who could write notes in handwriting neater than her own.  A hand...

Elma Lewis’ long legacy of high standards: Over decades, new center’s namesake spread the arts

Elma Lewis' long legacy of high standards: Over decades, new center's namesake spread the arts
October 10, 2013

A collection of photographs, plaques, and certificates hangs in a newly filled glass case on the far wall of the Little Building’s lobby. At the center of the display is a photo of a woman with a serious...

Student remembered for his “All-Star” talent, humor

Griff was known as the
By Sofya Levina, The Berkeley Beacon September 5, 2012

Members of Emerson comedy troupe Jimmy’s Traveling All-Stars said they remember Griffin O'Brien, the troupe’s head writer, as the funniest man in the room. A guaranteed laugh producer. The star of...

Roy Leonard, alum of ’52, dies

Roy Leonard
By Agatha Kereere September 17, 2011

Remembered for his decades of work in Chicago radio, Emerson alumnus Roy Leonard passed away last Thursday at the age of 83 in Evanston, Illinois. A graduate of the class of 1952, Leonard’s...

Film student remembered for passion, work ethic

Justin Amorratanasuchad
By Heidi Moeller April 21, 2011

Craig Brooke-Weiss said he remembers his stepson Justin Amorratanasuchad, a junior visual and media arts major who passed away Sunday morning, as an enthusiastic filmmaker and a man with such strong character...

ECPD Officer O’Donnell remembered

ECPD Officer O'Donnell remembered
October 11, 2005

Emerson College Police Officer Peter G. O'Donnell died Thursday, Oct. 6 of complications from liver cancer. He was 68. O'Donnell was a Korean war veteran who worked at Emerson for the past four years. Director...

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