Former Blue Knight, Alumna Carolyn Circle '84 Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of University alumna, friend, and former employee Carolyn Circle, who passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

She served in numerous roles during her tenure at the University, including as an administrative assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences and then onto the Vice President for Administration and Controller.

Carolyn retired in 2005, after serving the University for thirty-four years.  Carolyn received her bachelor of science degree in biology from Urbana University in 1984. 

During her career, she was instrumental in the facilitation of the prison education programs at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio and the London Correctional Facility in London, Ohio. 

Her work is still remembered and visible on campus.  Peggy Kessler, assistant to the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences remembers Carolyn and shared, “Carolyn was very unforgettable. She helped me a lot during my first years here to understand the prison programs and how they function.   She was very dedicated to Urbana University and felt this was her second home; she recognized campus faces and was a true pioneer for prison education programs—and beyond.”

Carolyn was 69 years at the time of her death.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Sue Circle of New Carlisle; daughter Lisa Circle ’97 of Enon; brother Robert Morris of Florida; three grandchildren: Frank, Jacob, and Audrey; and son-in-law, Frank Smith of Springfield. 

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. 



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