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Beloved professor, colleague dies

The Alfred University (AU) family was saddened to learn that Joella Rand E.D.D., professor emeritus of the AU Nursing School and Counseling Center, died Oct. 15, 2013, following a long illness. Rand served the AU community for nearly 40 years and was beloved by her many students and respected by her colleagues.

Upon hearing the news, longtime colleague Gary Horowitz, former alumni director and professor of history, said, “The words that describe Jo all need to be used in the superlative: a fantastic colleague who exemplified the best in teaching and administration; a fierce and articulate advocate for the nursing program; dedicated support to all of her students; a wonderful friend who always had a smile and good words to say. She was an incredible asset to the University and the community.”

In 1989, the Alfred University Alumni Association honored Rand as a Faculty Friend. The citation for her award read, in part: “Jo maintains close ties with the graduates of her college, many of whom she knew as students during her teaching years at Alfred.

“Jo and her husband Martin acted as surrogate parents to nursing students who spent two years away from campus. The Rand home was the place for students to come for conversation and dinner. Alumni relate stories of the wonderful hospitality with a sense of appreciation and warmth.

“Jo is always present at Alumni functions on campus out of a sense of obligation but, perhaps even more importantly, because she genuinely likes the Alumni. Jo has an encyclopedic memory of every nursing graduate. She can recite career accomplishments, children’s names and other family information of her Alumni.”

Rand was a professor and administrator at the University for 38 years, retiring as professor of counselor education June 30, 2000.

Rand earned a master’s degree in nursing from Akron (Ohio) University and a doctorate from Syracuse University. She was a member of the American Counseling Association and had volunteered at the Willard (NY) Drug Treatment Center.

She enjoyed time at the lake with her family and friends, travelling, and cooking, and she “loved” gardening. She was active her local community and served on the Town of Romulus Zoning Board of Appeals.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Covert Funeral Home, 7199 S. Main St., Ovid. A memorial service to celebrate Rand’s life will immediately follow in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Alfred University Fund, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred 14802.

Rand is survived by two children, Craig (Marianne) Rand of Pittsford, and Debbi (Doug) Stark of Fairport; seven grandchildren, and a great grandson.