Remembering Doris Saracino
By Dotty Martin ’77
Before Title IX, there was Dorie.
Standing just over 4 feet tall, Doris Saracino was a giant when it came to women’s
athletics. She believed in equality for female athletes and fought hard to make sure they got that.
Saracino – called Dorie by her letterwomen — died June 2 at 81, leaving behind a family who loved here dearly and a nation of female athletes who owe her so much.
The mission of Dorie Saracino began when she accepted a position as an educator in the athletic department at Wilkes College in 1960 – 12 years before Title IX became law, forcing mandatory equality for women in education and athletics.
Dorie spent 34 years at Wilkes, where she became affectionately known as the “Mother of Wilkes Women’s Athletics” and where her mission of advocating for female athletes would continue until the day she died.
She started the women’s basketball program at Wilkes and served as the first full-time coach of the team, a position she held for 10 years. She started a field hockey program at the school in 1962 and coached that team for eight years. The volleyball program for women at Wilkes began in 1972 under Dorie’s tutelage and she guided the Lady Colonels in that sport for 15 years.
As female athletic programs at Wilkes continued to grow, Dorie recruited Gay (Foster) Meyers to coach the field hockey team and Sandy Bloomsberg, one of the best basketball players to ever wear a Wilkes uniform, to coach the women’s basketball team upon her graduation.
Dorie then started the Wilkes Letterwomen’s Club, an organization whose members continue to network with each other to this day.
She served as part of the women’s volleyball rules committee during the 1984 Olympics. Many of her letterwomen were on hand to see her inducted into the Wilkes University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and, in one of her proudest moments, in 2016 when she was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame, one of only eight Wilkes athletic personnel to receive that prestigious honor.
Dorie was an annual presence at Wilkes Homecoming events and could always be found under the Letterwomen’s banner in the tent. She called meetings every couple of months, urging local members of the club to socialize with her and each other. She fit right in with the women, many 20 and 30 years her juniors, telling stories and recalling memories of days gone by.
Dorie Saracino stood up for women athletes during a time when they had no one else on their side. She showed them they deserved equality and, if they had to fight for it, they should do just that.
Dorie commanded respect. When she spoke, her letterwomen responded.
Mike, her husband of 56 years, her children, Michael, Maria and Edward, and her grandchildren will miss her. But many Wilkes women around the country will mourn her passing just as much. They know that many of the doors that opened for them, both athletically and professionally, opened only because of Dorie Saracino.
Dotty Martin ’77 of Forty Fort, Pa., graduated from Wilkes with a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in journalism. While at Wilkes, she was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team and a four-year member of the Letterwomen’s Club. She is suburban editor of the Times Leader Media Group in Wilkes-Barre.
Henry C. Johnson of Pittston, Pa., died on Dec. 29, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. His family owned and operated Henry C. Johnson Company, a lumber and hardware business in Luzerne.
Paul Hooper Trebilcox of Plymouth, Pa., died on March 19, 2017. He attended Bucknell University Junior College and finished his chemistry degree at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., in 1942. Trebilcox worked on the Manhattan Project at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Thomas E. Brislin of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on Jan. 4, 2017. He served as a lieutenant j.g. in the U.S. Navy South Pacific Fleet during World War II. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was the vice president and trust officer of PNC Bank, Wilkes-Barre.
Rita Dicker of Luzerne, Pa., died on June 26, 2017. She worked as a lab technician and on the venipuncture team at Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pa.
Pearl Kaufman, of New York City, N.Y., and formerly of Edwardsville and Kingston, Pa., died on June 9, 2017. She was a realtor for Lewith & Freeman and was active with Jewish Family Services.
Robert Edward “Bob” Parker, of Dallas, Pa., died on July 29, 2017. He had a 40-year career as an engineer and engineering manager with Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania.
Dorothy J. Garboczi, of Neffsville, Pa., died on March 27, 2017. She worked for the Donnelley Printing company.
Austin C. “Bing” Bisbing, of Kingston, Pa., died on Dec. 13, 2016. He served as a B-17 pilot in World War II. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor and retired from the Air Force Reserves as a major.
Richard D. Glass, of Wallingford, Pa., died on Jan. 3, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army-Air Corps during World War II. He worked as a mechanical engineer with Uniroyal.
John J. Verban of Potomac Falls, Va., died on Aug. 28, 2015. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel after completing his service in the Air Force Reserve. He worked for the Department of the Navy and the General Services Administration.
Reed D. Lowrey of Greenwood, N.Y., died on Sept. 6, 2016. He served in the Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force in World War II.
Steven Senko died on May 16, 2017.
Marvin Smith of Laflin, Pa., died on April 7, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a manager for Prestige Footwear and Carter Footwear.
Elmo J. Begliomini, of Wyoming, Pa., died on Dec. 15, 2016. He served in the Navy Air Corps. He worked as an accountant and acquired ownership of Atwater Inc., a division of Burlington Industries.
Joseph George Bendoraitis, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on Feb. 4, 2017. He was a chemist for Mobil Oil for 41 years and was a pioneer in the development of synthetic motor oil for ExxonMobil in Paulsboro, N.J.
Benjamin R. Bona, of Mountain Top, Pa., died on April 23, 2017. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was employed by the Social Security Administration and the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare.
Donald Charles, of Corning, Pa., died on Jan. 3, 2002. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He taught at Corning-Painted Post East High School for 30 years and was inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 for coaching.
John A. Germann, of Estero, Fla., died on April 19, 2013. He taught at Parkville Senior High School.
Harold Hymen, of Baltimore, Md., died on Feb. 12, 2017. He was born in Mildred, Pa.
Thomas Daniel Morgan, of Kingston, Pa. and Leesburg, Fla., died on March 16, 2017. He was a former member of the Pennsylvania National Guard and had a 38-year career in education.
Doris (Kanarr) Pearsall, of Forty Fort, Pa., died on Dec. 26, 2016. She donated her time to local charities including Planned Parenthood, the United Way and the Dorranceton Methodist Church.
Ruth A. Casey, of Dalton, Pa., died on July 22, 2014.
Paul John Delmore Sr., of Webster, N.Y., died on July 3, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a chemical engineer and and is credited with several patents for products developed for Kodak.
Carl A. Fosko, of Plains Twp., Pa., died on Jan. 5, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948. He worked as an IRS agent and tax accountant in Philadelphia prior to opening his own practice in Kingston, Pa.
Robert “Bob” T. Croucher, of Linden, N.J., died on Jan. 29, 2016. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Linden Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Nancy Lee (Hannye) Goodman, of Pacific Grove, Calif., died on Jan. 10, 2017. She had a long academic career lecturing in statistics and probability theory and was the dean of Empire State College in New York.
Caroline M. (Szczechowicz), Pierog of Endwell, N.Y., died on Nov. 9, 2015. She worked at UHS Binghamton General Hospitals as a medical technologist.
David L. Hoats, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died April 25, 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Russell R. Picton, of Corvallis, Md., died on Jan. 6, 2016. He served in the Marine Corps, enlisting in 1947 and returning to serve in the Korean War. He was the quarterback for the Parris Island and Camp Lejeune football teams, winning the titles of All-Navy and All-Marine quarterback during his time on both teams. He had a long career as a fund raiser in higher education, serving as director of development at Wilkes College and at other colleges and universities. He ended his career as a consultant for Marts and Lundy. He was instrumental in the founding of Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis, where he was active as a board member and volunteer.
Clifford R. Brautigan, of Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J., died on Sept. 25, 2016. He taught at Highstown High School for 38 years and worked as an assistant principal and content specialist.
Carol (Heuer) Steinhauer, of Kingston, Pa., died on Feb. 8, 2017. She was a homemaker and a past member of Grace Episcopal Church, Kingston, where she worked for a time as a church secretary.
Martin Joseph Novak, of Laurel, Md., died on Aug. 24, 2014.
Ronald David Slimak, of Orlando, Fla., and formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on Jan. 8, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer during the Korean War. He worked for Air Products and Chemicals for 20 years.
Ruth Younger Davidson, of Pottsville, Pa., died on Feb. 8, 2017. She was an instructor of writing composition at Penn State Schulykill Campus for 22 years and was active in community organizations.
Robert S. Jacobs, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on Nov. 21, 2016. He was an educator and guidance counselor at Meyers High School in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for over 30 years.
Rev. George R. Richards, of Scranton, Pa., died on May 13, 2017. He was pastor of churches in Pennsylvania and in Clifton Springs and East Rochester, N.Y.
Eugene “Cord” Sheridan, of Berwick, Pa., died on Jan. 23, 2017. He was employed at Pope and Talbot — previously Potlatch Corporation and Swanee Paper — as a production scheduler and credit manager for 33 years.
Peter “Captain” Janoski, of Hanover Twp., Pa., died on April 18, 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was employed by Danoff Sporting Goods, and was a member of Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Buttonwood, Pa.
Shirley (Brandwene) Klein, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Longboat Key, Fla., died on Aug. 9, 2017. She served as president of Hadassah, League of Women’s Voters and Temple Israel Sisterhood for many years.
Sebastian T. Amico, of Pittston, Pa., died on July 30, 2017. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. As a 58-year member of American Legion Post 477, Pittston, Pa., he was its longest-living member.
Frank A. Spudis, of Pittston, Pa., died on May 28, 2017. He was considered a key contributor to the football program at Wilkes, as both a player and a coach. He was the owner of Fran-Jo’s Pizza, Pittston, and was employed for many years as an insurance manager with INA, now known as CIGNA, and as a car salesman.
Dale DeRonda, of Kinston, Pa., died on April 28, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. while President John F. Kennedy was in office, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Kennedy assassination.
Robert F. Januszko, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on June 4, 2017. He was captain of the Wilkes golf team. He was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 35 years.
Lorraine Marie (Rome) Payonk, of The Villages, Fla., died on Feb. 7, 2017. She was an educator, artist and mother.
Donald L. Brominski, of Moosic, Pa., died on Jan. 5, 2017. He was employed in managerial positions at Aetna Casualty, Atlas Chain and Louis Cohen & Sons.
Patricia G. Flannery, of Kingston, Pa., died on April 17, 2017. She was employed for 34 years as a third- and fourth-grade teacher by Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
Daniel Lyons died on May 18, 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an industrial engineer.
Inger Kate Miller, of Bear Creek Township, Pa., died on Jan. 11, 2016.
Carl John Missal, of Kingston, Pa., died on May 15, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a teacher in the Groton, Conn., school district for 29 years.
Janie I. “Jackie” Eustice, of Frazer, Pa., died on Nov. 7, 2016. She was a teacher for many years in Altoona, Pa.
Carole Ann Thomas, of Mystic, Conn., died on May 31, 2016. She taught in the Mary Morrisson School in the Groton, Conn., school district and was active in community organizations, including serving on the board of directors of the Mystic Marine Life Aquarium.
Dennis Quigley, of Greensboro, Ga., died on April 27, 2017.
David Baum, of Kingston and Shavertown, Pa., died on July 28, 2017. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard. He was the business manager of the TV station, WBRE in Wilkes-Barre.
Rosemary Susan (Baiera) Hieronymous, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on Jan. 23, 2017. She worked as a certified licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor for 35 years.
Lee A. Nunemacher, of Woodbury, Conn., died on Dec. 21, 2016. He taught high school math in Hazleton and Woodbury, Conn. ,before changing careers to become a machinist, specializing in secondary operations in the screw machine industry.
Sandra Ann “Sandi” (Kulick) Matthews, of Sun City, S.C., died on April 27, 2017. She worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher in Arnold and Annapolis, Md.
Georgiana (Cray) Bart, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on Feb. 19, 2017. She graduated cum laude from Wilkes University and taught art there. She also taught classes on various cruises with Queen Mary II.
John J. Guida, of Old Forge, Pa., died on Jan. 1, 2015He was employed for 32 years as a special-education teacher by the Northeast Education Intermediate Unit #19.
Bernard Leo Holleran, M.D., of Harveys Lake, Pa., and Tierra Verdes, Fla., died on Jan. 18, 2017. He had a private practice in West Wyoming, Pa., and worked at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was head director of emergency medicine and head of the credentials committee at the former Nesbitt Memorial Hospital, Kingston, Pa. He also served as the physician on call for the State Correctional Institution, Chase, Pa. and for the Wyoming Area School District.
Philip G. Rudy, of Mountain Top, Pa., died on March 2, 2017. He opened Circles on the Square, a gourmet deli, which became a downtown fixture for 32 years in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He was awarded the Key to the City by Mayor Thomas M. Leighton in 2010, in recognition of his 25 years in business in the city.
Marilyn Crossin, of Shavertown, Pa., died on May 28, 2017. She was employed by TV Guide, Triangle Publications, for 26 years. She advanced to the position of regional editor in the Wilkes-Barre office.
Ellen Arthur Davenport, of Forty Fort, Pa., died on April 18, 2017. She graduated valedictorian from Wilkes University. She was a social worker for Family Service in Wilkes-Barre. She also was bookkeeper for Davenport Manufacturing, the metal fabricating business that she owner with her husband in West Wyoming, Pa.
William Huey (Bill) Roberts Jr., of Kingston, Pa., died on March 8, 2017 . He worked as a defense contractor auditor for the Federal Government.
Alan J. Bloem, of Archbald, Pa., died on Sept. 3, 2016. Prior to his retirement, he worked in the banking industry. He served as both a deacon and an elder at the First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna Valley.
Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Morris Mickulik, of Kutztown, Pa., died May, 23, 2017. She earned a music degree at Wilkes and participated in several area church choirs and served as a soloist and cantor.
Walter T. Petrash, of Nanticoke, Pa., died on July 11, 2017. He was a master carpenter and a musician.
Loran A. Davis, of Dallas, Pa., died on March 21, 2017. She was the guidance counselor for West Side Vocational Technical School.
Gilbert Reese Griffiths, of Dallas Twp., Pa., died on April 28, 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was superintendent of the Dallas School District. He returned to Wilkes University in 2004 where he mentored and educated the next generation of leaders in education. He served as chairman of the board for the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Practices Commission.
Leo J. Strumski Jr., of West Palm Beach, Fla., died on Nov. 21, 2016.
Joseph Hogan, of New York City, N.Y., died on Feb. 25, 2017. He was a teacher in the New York City public school system until his retirement.
Mark A. Molitoris, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on May 3, 2017.
James W. Grey, of Mountain Top, Pa., died on April 12, 2017. He was the owner and operator of Grey and Associates in North Wilkes-Barre, Pa., serving as a financial planner and advisor.
Ronald David Williams, of Nuangola, Pa., died on Aug. 8, 2017. He was the owner of a construction company for more than 30 years.
Susan Ann (Harrison) Jenkins, of Monument, Colo., died on Nov. 17, 2015. She worked for several nonprofit organizations in Colorado, including the Colorado Opera Festival and the DaVinci Quartet.
William Kopf Lourie, of Mullica Hill, N.J., died on Feb. 18, 2017. He was a computer programmer for Brandywine Global Investments in the Philadelphia area.
Keturah E. Faust, of Harrisburg, Pa., died on Nov. 19, 2016. She served in the U.S. Navy. She retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Health where she had worked as a nursing home surveyor.
Robyn Ann Jones MS, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on July 15, 2017. She was the first women’s athletic director at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. She coached field hockey at Coughlin High School, taught junior high health in the Dallas School District, where she finished her career as a guidance counselor after earning her master’s degree at Wilkes.
Paul “Willie” Williamson, of Kingston, Pa., died on Aug. 26, 2017. He was the owner and operator of “Will-eeze Speedy Lube.”
Mary Ann Stockdell MBA ’00 of Scranton, Pa., died on July 8, 2017. She worked as a financial analyst for IBM in Rochester, N.Y.
R.C. “Mac” Miller, of Plains Township, died on Dec. 15, 2016. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He served at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., attending to the veterans returning home from Vietnam. He continued to serve veterans as a registered nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
Gregory Michael Haladay, of Danville, Pa., died on May 20, 2017. He was employed by Vintage Tub and Bath.