Passing of Virginia Paris – Dean Emeritus at Hostos CC


[cid:image002.jpg@01CCE579.A986A980] Virginia Paris
“You help students when you are able to put closure to those issues affecting their education.” November 25, 1943 to February 4, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Virginia Paris, Dean Emeritus at Hostos Community College of The City University of New York. Virginia passed away on Saturday, February 4th.
Virginia Paris began her career at Hostos in 1974 as a counselor in the Counseling Unit in the Student Services Division. During her tenure at the college, she served as the Director of Admissions, Director of Counseling, Associate Dean of Enrollment, and Dean of Students. Most of all, she was a mentor and a tireless advocate for students who constantly stated: “You help students when you are able to put closure to those issues affecting their education.” She retired from Hostos in 2004, after 30 years of service to the college and the South Bronx community.
Virginia’s heart was never far from the college, and in 2006 she returned as a volunteer to establish The Hostos Circle of 100 Scholarship and Emergency Fund with Professor Emeritus Gerald J. Meyer. By the end of 2009, The Circle of 100 had already raised over $100,000 in funds and pledges, awarding over 140 emergency grants and 50 transfer scholarships to Hostos students.
She is survived by her husband Eric Heyworth, her sons Alejandro and Jason, and grandson Cortes Heyworth. Those wishing to honor Virginia’s memory may make a donation to The Circle of 100 Scholarship and Emergency Fund at Hostos Community College. Donations can be made online at http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/give , or send by mail to the Alumni Relations Office, Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, D-214, Bronx, NY 10451. The viewing and service are scheduled as follows: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 West 76th Street & Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan
Viewing: 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Service: 6:00 PM

2 thoughts on “Passing of Virginia Paris – Dean Emeritus at Hostos CC

  1. RIP Virginia Paris… a leader in higher education, a strong Afro-Boricua Woman, and an original “Mujer Del Barrio”. I saw you the day of the Christmas tree lighting and you seemed so strong, healthy, and happy. Always full of positive energy. 😦

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