Hundreds of Plymouth State University faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, and members of the wider educational community commemorated the life of Dennise M. Maslakowski at a campus memorial service on Thursday, 29 January. Maslakowski, PSU’s former associate vice president of the College of Graduate Studies, passed away in December. Her career in education had spanned more than three decades. Irvin D. Gordon, Maslakowski’s husband, spoke to her friends of her dedication to PSU.
“Dennise loved Plymouth State University and her colleagues here,” Gordon said. “She took every opportunity to teach and encourage students.”
Maslakowski, a reading and learning disability specialist, had served as coordinator of elementary education, director of graduate studies and associate vice president at PSU. President Sara Jayne Steen said Maslakowski’s efforts had an enormous impact on Plymouth State and on aspiring students. “Dennise’s leadership transformed lives,” Steen said.
Carla Maslakowski, Dennise’s twin sister, spoke of growing up with Dennise, and Provost Julie Bernier discussed Dennise as a leader who built a team in the College of Graduate Studies that has been empowered to continue to excel. Friends and colleagues Marianne True, president emeritus Donald P. Wharton, Kathleen Norris, and Michael Fischler also offered remembrances.
A scholarship has been created in her name. The Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship Fund will honor her commitment by providing scholarships to talented New Hampshire residents enrolled in PSU’s graduate programs in Education.