Niagara Gazette — Niagara County Community College is mourning the loss of one of its founding members, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 93.
Edward Pawenski, who served on the college's board of trustees for 50 years and stepped down in June, was first appointed in 1962 by the Niagara County Legislature. He also served as a foundation board member from 1987 to 1996.
A flag in front of the NCCC campus will remain at half staff through Saturday, in honor of Pawenski's devotion to the educational institute.
NCCC President James P. Klyczek said Pawenski was part of a group of "true pioneers," whose vision left a legacy that has carried on in the county until today.
"As one of the founding members of the board of trustees, the college owes a debt of gratitude to Ed Pawenski for his many years of service to the faculty, staff and students of NCCC,” Klyczek said.
Henry F. Wojtaszek, Chairperson of the school's board of trustees, recalled the valuable perspective Pawenski brought to the board along with his passionate support for its success.
The board of trustees and the entire college community mourn his passing today," Wojtaszek said Thursday. "Ed was a valued member of the NCCC board of trustees and a friend for many years. His presence has been missed since he retired from board service last year."