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Rockland Community College Loses Beloved Performing Arts Professor

Stanley Ralph dies at age 81.

Stanley Ralph, EdD, retired Professor of Performing Arts at , died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer.

Known as an upbeat man who always tried to comfort others, Dr. Ralph was fond of quoting the words, “I am too blessed to be stressed.”

Dr. Cliff L. Wood, RCC president, said, “when I spoke with Mrs. Ralph last Friday, she told me that Stanley was in his final hours, and that he had asked her to tell me how much he loved RCC.” Dr. Wood continued his statement with “Stanley was a very talented professor and he will be missed by many.”

Dr. Ralph, of West Hempstead, NY, began at RCC in Ramapo in 1991 and retired in August 2011. In addition to his work with students, he also served for a short time as Assistant Dean of Instructional and Community Services.
 
Patty Maloney-Titland, chair of Performing Arts, said, “Stanley was a gentleman and a man of deep faith with a wonderful sense of humor. A dedicated educator, he was passionate about music, teaching and mentoring students.”

To honor Dr. Ralph's memory, there will be a tribute to him in the spring Performing Arts production, “All the World’s A (Musical) Stage” to be performed April 19, 20 and 21.

Dr. Ralph earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Howard University, his Master of Arts at New York University, and his EdD at the University of Sarasota.

Michele April 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
He was a beautiful person...greatly loved and greatly missed.
Chloe Cannon April 25, 2012 at 03:14 PM
One of the few professors that made a lasting and strong impression on me throughout my college career. He taught me that he would never allow a fellow human being to go hungry or homeless, and that they would always be welcome in his home. I would never forget that. May he rest in peace.
LYDIA REINOWITZ June 21, 2012 at 07:26 PM
DR. RALPH WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A SPECIAL MAN! HE HAS TOUCHED MY HEART AS THE MUSIC TEACHER OF ALL TIMES! LEARNING THEORY, ABOUT MUSIC, ABOUT OPERA, SINGING IN SHOWS WITH DR. RALPH WAS A PLEASURABLE MEMORY IN MY LIFE! I AM HONORED TO HAVE KNOWN A MAN WITH SUCH AN OUSTANDING CHARACTER! HE WAS MUSICAL, THEATRICAL, ARTISTIC, LIVELY, HAPPY, EVEN WHEN SAD! DR. RALPH WAS A MAN WITH A KIND HEART, WITH LOTS OF COURAGE, AND HE WAS VERY CLEVER! HIS CLASS WAS A CLASS OF COMPLETE HAPPINESS AND OF NO STRESS! I SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER DR. RALPH IN CLASSES 96 & 97 MY BEST ENJOYABLE YEARS! THANK YOU DR. RALPH.  LYDIA

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