Russo, D. (2003, April 24). Dowling Loses Two Faculty Members. Lionís Voice, p. 1.

Dowling Loses Two Faculty Members
by Dennis Russo

Over the weekend of March 15 the Dowling College Family lost two dear members. Dr. Ashakant Nimbark died of a heart attack and Francie Davis died in a plane crash, creating a void within the college community, but not before they left their mark on family, friends, faculty and students.

The mood was very somber on the following Monday morning when school resumed. According to SGA President Kevin Bland, “Dr. Nimbark was the most kind and gentle person you can know. He was energetic and informative, open to many different opinions, tolerant, and a wonderful teacher.”

A Dowling faculty member and professor of sociology for more than three decades, Dr. Nimbark researched and wrote extensively on mass media and society, including the influence of mass communication on children, consumerism, education, and how media portrays women and minorities. Nimbark was also interested in comparisons between the cultures of the east and the west, globalization of Third World countries and media affects on gender roles an immigration trends.

Some of Dr. Nimbark’s publications include an article entitled “Hinduism in New York,” in the journal New York Glory and he was in the process of completing a publication entitled “Debating Points: Mass Media and Society” for Prentice Hall. A recipient of the coveted Fulbright Research Grant, Nimbark studied the impact of television and video cassette recorders on rural and urban communities in India. According to Kristin Johnson of the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, the grant Nimbark received is a “highly competitive and prestigious grant that Dr. Nimbark should be proud of.”

“He was one of the founding fathers of this college,” said Brian Loiacono, a Dowling alumni from the class of 1977. “He was a gentleman who rarely sought out the marquee, but strived to put the College there.”

Francie Davis, an assistant professor and reference librarian, was extremely involved within the Dowling community. Davis served as chair of the Long Island Library Resources Council, Annual Conference Committee and Co-Chair of NY/ACRL Symposium Committee.

Davis also contributed greatly to Dowling College. Even though some students might not have known her by name, they certainly benefited from her efforts as Web master during her eight years as librarian. Davis was also responsible for all the electronic databases that students use on campus. She also expanded the system so students would have remote access of Dowling databases.

“She was a major life force for our department and college,” Joyce Gotsch, Chair of Dowling Library said. “She was an innovator who always strived to improve the library and college.” Davis served on the Faculty Senate, Middle States Self-Study Committee on Campus Wide Planning, Faculty Curriculum Committee, Campus Operations Committee, and Middle States Steering Committee. In regards to Davis, one student said, “What a shame. She was a really great person and always so nice. She’ll definitely be missed.”

A beautiful memorial service was given in the Hunt Room of Fortunoff Hall on March 26 remembering the lives of two wonderful individuals who knew the meaning of life and the college spirit.

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Last Modified on May 11, 2012, at 03:46 PM by LPR

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