The college has been hit especially hard in the past few weeks with the passing of a number of recently retired employees. In February, we will be putting forward an article about Dr. Richard D. McCrary, his contributions to the college and the district, and his passing.
Not many employees outside Facilities Services knew Mike Rogers, senior HVAC technician, but those who did, knew him as dependable, hard-working and knowledgeable.
Mike, who worked the night shift for the facilities department, passed away Jan. 4.
An employee of nearly 10 years, Mike worked for Brookhaven College from March 2002 until he resigned to due illness a few months ago.
To colleagues, Mike was Mr. Rogers. Friends would often ask, “How are things in your neighborhood, Mr. Rogers,” according to Vincent Price, assistant director of Facilities Services. Mike’s love of fishing came out in his stories and often led him to his favorite fishing spots on Lake Lewisville.
Mike was straight-forward and honest and will be missed, said Garry Hodges, operations supervisor for HVAC Facilities.
Lianne Krueger Sullivan
When Lianne Krueger Sullivan, art professor, resigned in October due to illness, the Brookhaven College community lost a cherished, talented professor. With her death Jan. 10, the community, as well as her friends and family, lost a dear friend.
Lianne, an 11-year veteran at the college, was known among her colleagues as an incredibly talented instructor whose attention to detail resulted in well-planned lessons. She had a fun, playful side and always had a genuine care for her students, said Rick Maxwell, School of the Arts interim dean.
In 2009 Lianne was featured in a thank you note that appeared in the Courtyard Chatter, in which a former student praised her vision, talent and dedication to her students. In the letter, Behshid Dalili wrote, “Her vision is not ordinary; it is celestial. She gives life to her pupils’ ideas. Through her teachings, fantasies become imagination and imagination becomes artworks — very unique ones.”
A memorial service was held in her honor in the Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University Jan. 19.
Carolyn Kirkham, a former employee, also passed away last week. Carolyn was a charter member of the college and began working in 1978 as a department assistant and was later promoted to an academic advisor. After her retirement, she continued to work for many years as an advisor during the busy registration periods. Those who met Carolyn couldn’t help but note her kindness, warmth and graciousness.