The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVIII, Issue 17
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
January 10, 2003

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Marcella A. Pavelcak

Marcella A. (Rabinski) Pavelcak, 77, of South Deerfield, a former clerk in Dairy Industries and in Physics, died Dec. 20 in Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
She served the University for 13 and a half years before leaving in 1956 to care for her family.

She leaves her husband, Joseph Pavelcak; two sons, Mark of Conway and Gregory, clerk III in the Isenberg School of Management, of Florence; a daughter, Kathleen of Columbia, S.C.; and other family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Hospice, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield 01301.

Harvey B. Scribne

Harvey B. Scribner, 88, a retired professor of Education and former chancellor of New York City's school system, died Dec. 23 in Waterville, Me.

He served public education for 32 years, including a decade-long stint at the end of his career on the UMass faculty.

He had taught and worked in school administration in Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont for two decades before taking on the chancellorship in New York for nearly three years in the early 1970s. His tenure oversaw a strife-ridden shift toward local control of public schools in the city. Although he was unable to enforce the steps he thought necessary to make a new system work and left the position in frustration, he remained committed to the idea of local control in public schools. He also supported continuing education for teachers and an emphasis on basics in the classroom.

In Amherst, he studied educational leadership and school administration and wrote a well-received book, "Make Your Schools Work: Practical, Imaginative and CostFree Plans to Turn Public Education Around." He also helped the city of Boston develop alternative schools for underprivileged children.

He held a bachelor's degree from Farmington State Teachers College in Maine, a master's degree in education at the University of Maine, and a doctorate in education from Boston University.

His first marriage ended in divorce, and his second wife, Alta Scribner, predeceased him.

He leaves three daughters, Patricia Arno of Hartland, Me., Jacqueline Cheney of Simsbury, Conn., and Donna Archambault of Leesburg, Fla.; grandchildren and other family.

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