An Enduring Tribute

The Ithaca College community is a close one. As students, as alumni, as faculty and staff, we all share a connection with one another through our association with this amazing institution. And as much of a lasting impression as Ithaca College has on our lives, each one of us leaves an equally indelible mark on our IC community.

The faces you see below are members of our college community who have died. Here, we take a moment to reflect on their lives. We remember their generosity, their contributions, their intellect and interests. Each story describes the life of a loved one lost, offering us a chance to reconnect with a unique spirit, or make an acquaintance for the very first time.

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John KeshishoglouJohn Keshishoglou
June 13, 1932 August 24, 2011

John Keshishoglou, founding dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications and an internationally recognized communications consultant, passed away at the age of 79 after a lengthy illness.

Keshishoglou -- known as “Dr. Kesh” to generations of IC communications students -- came to the college in 1965 as chairman of the Department of Television-Radio and director of the Instructional Resources Center. When the School of Communications was created in 1971 he was elected dean, a post he held until 1979.

Under his leadership, the school grew in size and scope, establishing what are now known as the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts and the Department of Strategic Communication, as well as a professional video production unit, now known as Park Productions. In 1967, Dr. Kesh brought Rod Serling to campus as a visiting professor, and Serling taught regularly at the school until his death in 1975.

Because of Dr. Kesh's global outlook and belief that media must be grounded in the principles of social responsibility, the Park School established the John Keshishoglou Center for Global Communications Innovation in spring 2011.

During his tenure at IC, Dr. Kesh received three senior Fulbright awards and lived in Greece (the country of his birth), Ethiopia, and Nepal. As a result of his experiences, he worked on assignments for the United Nations and the federal government. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 35 years, and served in the Greek army for two years.