Phylis Ravel believed in holding the ladder so performing arts students felt safe taking chances. Many of the students she nurtured went on to careers on stage and television. The former director of performing arts passed away in November after a long battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, David, and by a legion of artists who remember this small woman who told them, yes, you can.
Dr. James Goblirsch was a dental school faculty member for 30 years, chief of the dental department at St. Francis Hospital for four years, and a member of the hospital staff for more than 40 years. For his service as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in Korea, he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the American Campaign Medal. He passed away in July.