The URI community offers its condolences to the family and friends of Enrollment Services Director Horace J. “Harry” Amaral Jr., M.A. ’80, who died suddenly on Sunday, October 17, 2010, at his home in Narragansett. He was 64. For 36 years, first as a financial aid official and then as director of enrollment services, Harry put his “URI kids” first. He was among the University’s most ardent alumni, cheering on the basketball and golf teams and serving as an executive board member of the URI Alumni Association. He was the recipient of a URI Alumni Excellence Award and a proud member of the URI Rams Den Round Table. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Margaret “Peggy” Amaral; two daughters, Nina M. Amaral ’95 of Narragansett and Megan A. Fusco ’96 and her husband, Jason ’96, and their daughter, Margaret Rose, of South Kingstown; and a son, Nicholas J. Amaral ’02 of Warwick. Memorial contributions may be made to the URI Foundation, Amaral Family Fund, 79 Upper College Road, Kingston, R.I. 02881.
Janett Trubatch, who served as vice provost for Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach from 2000–2005, died on October 26, 2010, at her home in Chicago. She was a dynamic leader who increased research funding from $47 million to over $60 million during her tenure at URI. She initiated and served as principal investigator to a National Science Foundation grant to hire, retain, and advance women in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This resulted in 10 major hires at URI and development of family leave and dual career guidelines to improve recruitment and retention of all URI faculty. She subsequently served as graduate dean and vice provost for research at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She is survived by her four children: David, Joel, and Anna Trubatch, and Beth Trubatch Schlicting.