It is with great sadness that I report the death of Dr. Michael Shugrue, our friend and colleague who retired in 1999 after 25 years of service to the College. Dr. Shugrue was a distinguished scholar and academician, who came to the College of Staten Island in 1974 as Dean of Faculty and then became a faculty member of the Department of English and Director of its Graduate program. He has published in 18th-Century Studies and edited The Conscious Reader, an anthology of readings for freshman writing. Dr. Shugrue’s generosity to the College has been exemplary, as he established funds for student scholarships. He also had a passion for music, creating the Shugrue Cultural Development Fund, which brought a wide variety of world-class classical musicians, such as members of the New York Philharmonic and The Four Nations Ensemble, to the campus for free performances. Through these events, Dr. Shugrue hoped to provide access to and appreciation of these performers and the music of the classical masters to our students and the community at large.
Dr. Michael Shugrue will be remembered for his deep and abiding devotion to higher education and the arts, to The City University of New York, and in particular to the College of Staten Island.
The College will provide information on visitation and funeral arrangements when they become available.