UConn People: January 2020

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Susan Schneider’s book “Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind” was named to Forbes’ list of The Must-Read Brain Books of 2019. She is a member of the faculty of the philosophy department.

In Memoriam

John “Boardy” Boardman, 73, of Mansfield, Conn., the long-time equipment manager for the UConn football and baseball teams, on Jan. 21.

Robert Druge, 58, of Coventry, Conn., a locksmith at UConn for 32 years before his retirement in April 2019, on Dec. 16.

Thomas Godar, 89, a former professor in the School of Medicine, on Dec. 31.

Josephine Harold, 94, of Willimantic, Conn., a former employee, on Jan. 19.

David Kidwell, 79, of Annapolis, Md., who was the Dean of the School of Business from 1988-92, on Nov. 28.

Michael Liapis, 59, who worked in UConn Dining Services, on Dec. 26.

Louis Mendelson, 79, of Bloomfield, Conn., who taught at the School of Medicine, on Dec. 26.

Bob Pakenham, 76, of Willimantic, Conn., who worked in the Athletic Ticket Office for over 20 years, on January 7.

Patricia Sankey Imfeld Robinson, 85, of Brunswick, Maine, a physical education instructor at UConn from 1953-75, on Jan. 1.

Olive Shea, 93, of Columbia, Conn., who had a 30-year career in Student Health Services, on Dec. 27.

Maria Williams, 62, of Windsor, Conn., who retired as an administrative assistant in the Foreign Student Admissions Department after 30 years, on Dec. 13.

Elaine Witherell, 81, of Winthrop, Maine, who retired as a secretary at UConn, on Dec. 29.