It is with great sadness that the College announces the passing of Dr. Eleanor Reibstein Fapohunda, who served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2010 until the time of her death. Since 1996, Dr. Fapohunda held various administrative positions within the School of Arts and Sciences, including Associate Dean and Acting Dean.
A professor of economics, Dr. Fapohunda received her AB from Vassar and her MA and PhD from New York University. She taught at the University of Lagos, Nigeria from 1973-85 where she developed time a life-long dedication to that culture and to advocacy for women's economic development. She joined Farmingdale in 1987 and had held various administrative position since 1996.
Under Dr. Fapohunda's leadership, the School of Arts and Sciences developed and received approval to implementthree new bachelor's degree programs in Applied Economics, Applied Psychology, and Criminal Justice. She also facilitated a national workshop sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America to enable academic economists to discuss with mathematicians the mathematical needs of undergraduate students. The recommendations of this workshop were distributed as a printed volume nationally to mathematics and economics departments.
She is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.The family wishes to establish a scholarship in Eleanor's memory. In addition, a memorial service will be scheduled later in the spring.