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It is with a great deal of sadness that I must inform the Ithaca College community of the death of longtime enrollment dean Larry Metzger, M.S. '87, who passed away earlier this morning after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

An inspiring leader and astute manager, Larry was completely dedicated to Ithaca since joining the College as a research assistant in 1975. He was named director of institutional research in 1983 and dean of enrollment planning in 1996. He held a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in addition to his master's degree from Ithaca.

Larry was instrumental in shaping Ithaca's increasingly talented and diverse student body, and his commitment to sharing the Ithaca experience with prospective students and families has had an enormous impact on the College's image and success. He championed major projects such as the Homer student information system implementation and Web Infrastructure and Branding Initiative. In partnership with the schools and the Office of Marketing Communications, he supported key institutional branding efforts and bold shifts in recruitment marketing, from the development of the IC Peers social networking community to the launch of the student-written magazine, Fuse.

I know the entire campus community joins me in extending our heartfelt prayers and best wishes to Larry's wife, Sarah, and their children Tom '02 and David '05.

Information on funeral services will be posted on Intercom.

Kathleen Rountree
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Sad News for the Ithaca College Community | 10 Comments |
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Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from lchambers on 09/04/08
Larry was a class act and his vision was key to the success that IC now embodies. I know of few individuals whose dedication to IC and its mission could equal his. I will miss his leadership, his support, and his insight. May he rest in peace!
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from mstephens on 09/04/08
This is very sad news. Larry truly loved Ithaca College, and he devoted so much time and effort into making it a better place. I too offer my deepest sympathies to Larry's wife, children, and extended family.

Maura Stephens
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from awoodard on 09/04/08
My heart goes out to Sarah, Tom, and David. I had the privilege of working with Larry for 35 years, and have valued his friendship, leadership, and positive role modeling throughout the era. His love and total commitment to Ithaca is apparent all around us...Ithaca has lost a true leader today. Rest in peace, Larry, and thank you for all that you did for us.
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from iscott on 09/04/08
Larry was very much my mentor when I worked in Institutional Research, and I always felt blessed to have had the opportunity to work for him. Larry truly loved Ithaca College. His dedication and leadership will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences go out to Sarah, Tom, and David.

Irene Scott
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from cknauer on 09/04/08
It was with great sadness that I received the news of Larry's passing this morning. Ithaca College is where it is today because of Larry's vision. He was a great boss, super colleague, and wonderful friend. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. Rest in peace Larry!

Chris Knauer
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from kelly on 09/04/08
I was very saddened to hear about Larry's passing. He was a true gentleman in the finest sense of the word. His courage in battling cancer over these last few years was a testament to his strength and character. IC was truly fortunate to have someone of Larry's caliber and dedication. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies are extended to his family.

Eileen Kelly
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from bgriffith on 09/04/08
Larry was truly one-of-a-kind, and I will never forget the huge grin he had on his face the day he granted permission to bring Fuse to life. Losing Larry is a devastating blow for his family and all who knew him, but especially for this College. His unwavering dedication, insight, and passion for this institution will be deeply missed.

Rest well, dear friend.
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from kjspada on 09/04/08
There are no words to describe how much I will miss Larry. I am honored to have been able to work with him for over 7 years. He was always there for us, no matter what. I will never forget the fun times we had at our ESG BBQs. My thoughts go out to Sarah, Tom and David. You will always have an extended family here at IC.

Farewell to the strongest person I have ever met.
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from daetsch on 09/04/08
It's my good fortune to have known Larry since he first arrived at Ithaca College
- what a remarkable man who contributed so much to the well-being of the
institution. Of recent years he has also be an inspiration to those of us who
battle cancer. My heart goes out to Sarah and the boys!

Willard Ticknor Daetsch
Sad News for the Ithaca College Community Comment from ttorello on 09/05/08
Larry leaves an incredible and lasting legacy at IC. He showed amazing courage throughout his illness and inspired us all to work to our highest potential. He'll be greatly missed.