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Contributed by Chris Pollock on 04/07/2014
Posted on behalf of Claudia Ayers, director of donor relations.
The family of Shirley Hockett, professor emerita of mathematics and one of Ithaca College's most steadfast and enthusiastic supporters, invites you to join them in a celebration of Shirley's 93 years of life on Saturday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall.
Throughout her career, Shirley was regarded as an exceptional teacher who challenged her students. She won several teaching awards and was the founding president of the college's chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. She was known to her colleagues as someone to talk with about teaching challenges, and always shared her insights freely.
Though Shirley didn't begin studying to play an instrument until the age of 57, music was always an important part in the life of her family. Shirley played clarinet alongside her late husband Chas, who played bass clarinet and piccolo, in the Ithaca Concert Band. Both were active with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Shirley, who was president of its board of directors from 1979 to 1984, was later named director emerita. One of Shirley's greatest points of pride was that she and Chas were able to give the gift of music to their five children.
Shirley and Chas were major supporters of the campaign to build the James J. Whalen Center for Music, which opened in 1999. The Hockett Family Recital Hall was named in recognition of their significant contributions to the School of Music, as was the Shirley and Chas Hockett Chamber Music Concert Series. Shirley provided a permanent endowment for the series and established the Charles F. Hockett Music Scholarship in his memory. (After Shirley's death, the scholarship was renamed the Shirley and Chas Hockett Music Scholarship.)
Please join the family as we celebrate her remarkable life and her legacy at Ithaca College.
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