In Memoriam

Remembering Marijo Russell-O’Grady, PhD

Marijo Russell-O’GradyIt’s hard to think of anyone at Pace University—student, faculty, staff, or alumni—who didn’t know Dean Marijo Russell-O’Grady, fondly known to all as simply Marijo. One of the most caring and devoted people at this University, Marijo L. Russell-O’Grady, PhD, associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean for students in New York City, passed away this summer after a battle with a recurrence of cancer. 

Marijo was crucial to the development of a student-centered culture at Pace from the day she stepped onto campus just over 22 years ago. Through the catastrophic times of 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy, she led our New York City Campus with compassion and resilience to ensure that our students were cared for, and that they persevered. She was a giant within the student affairs profession, serving in multiple roles on the regional board for NASPA, the national association for student affairs professionals. She also served many community organizations. Marijo was an energetic force who never stopped moving, loving, and working for students, staff, faculty, and her family and friends. 

“Marijo always led with her heart, in both personal and professional settings,” said Todd Smith-Bergollo, her close colleague as assistant dean for students and director of Student Development and Campus Activities. “Her compassion for others was immeasurable and set a tone for the way she lived her life.”

“Marijo taught us that students should not only come first in everything we do at the University, but they should come first, last, and always,” said Patrick Roger-Gordon, another close colleague and assistant dean for students and director of Residential Life and Housing. “Being student-centered for her was not a slogan, it was not just something she said to parents at Orientation, but it was literally the way she defined her professional life.”

In memory of Marijo, Pace University has created the Marijo L. Russell-O’Grady, PhD, Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund to support current and future Pace students. Learn more about this endowed scholarship fund and contribute today.

Mourning Trustee Emeritus Hal J. Upbin '61

hal upbinThe Pace University community mourns the passing of Hal J. Upbin ’61. Hal formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer of Kellwood Company, an American apparel manufacturer. He also served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, in addition to serving as Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the company.

Hal received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy and Information Science from Pace University in 1961, and was a member of the Chemists’ Club. In 2003, he was appointed to Pace’s Board of Trustees. During his time on the Board, Hal was a member of the Academic/Faculty Affairs Committee from 2008–2013 and a member of the Campaign Executive Committee from 2003–2009. He served as a member of the Planned Giving Edward J. Mortola Heritage Society at the University, and was a recipient of the Leaders in Management Award in 2003. 

Kellwood Company established the Hal J. Upbin Endowed Scholarship at Pace University. The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide assistance to a first-year undergraduate student who is enrolled in the University full-time, demonstrates financial need, pursues the study of accounting, and maintains a minimum of 3.25 QPA.

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