It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the passing of our colleague Dr. Elena McCoy on Friday, June 5, 2015. Professor McCoy, a member of the Biology department, was a dear friend. She dedicated her life to her students and to her work with unmatched passion and love. I had many wonderful talks with Elena and learned much by observing her and hearing her opinions. We will truly miss her. Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, June 11 at the Harmon Funeral Home, located at 571 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. There will also be a memorial service on Friday, June 12 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 347 Davis Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310, at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Dr. Elena McCoy’s name to Autism Speaks,  one of her favorite charities.