Funeral services are set for Tuesday in New York for Texas State University-San Marcos administrator Stanley Israel, who died Sunday of an apparent heart attack.
Israel, who was dean of the university's College of Science, died suddenly at his home in west Austin. He was 60.
“He was an inspirational leader and he had a way with people,” said Pat Cassidy, associate vice president of academic affairs and fellow chemistry professor at Texas State.
Israel was widely published in the field of polymer chemistry, served as a director of the American Chemical Society and was on the executive board of the Division of Polymer Chemistry.
He was preparing to host a large group of chemists at his home this week, Cassidy said.
“His career was going extremely well. He was in line to be chairman of the society's board of directors,” he added.
Israel was listed in American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Polymers for Advanced Technologies.
“Under Dr. Israel's leadership, the College of Science has responded to many critical needs, including the implementation of an aquatic resources doctoral program and an engineering program. He was an outstanding leader and educator. We are shocked and saddened by his loss,” Robert Gratz, vice president of academic affairs at Texas State, said in a prepared statement.
Israel came to Texas State in September 1997 from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he was professor and head of the Department of Chemistry. He had taught at the Lowell campus since 1968, except for two years spent as a visiting professor at the University of Utah.
A memorial service is being planned in San Marcos for sometime next week, Cassidy said. In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions be made to the Stanley C. Israel Memorial Fund in care of the Texas State University-San Marcos Development Foundation, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, Attention: Kitty-Sue Schlink.
Israel is survived by his wife, Sonja Israel of Austin; a son, Aaron Israel of Essex Fells , N.J.; his mother, Lillian Israel of Boca Raton, Fla; a sister, Phyllis SchutzmanÖ of Woodmere, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.