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Regina M. Kelly 1944 - 2012

Regina M. Kelly

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July 31, 2012
Reggie,
You have been a part of my life for 40+ years. I enjoyed every minute of the times we spent together. You opened my heart and mind to nature, birding,and cats. You were a magnificent package of naughty and nice. Thank you for the memories.
July 30, 2012
I rode the a dreadful yellow bus to St. Mary's High School (when it was still called St. Mary's) with Reggie for four years and we were also in the school plays together. Lost track of her but was really looking forward to seeing her again at our 50th reunion this October. Now I guess I'll have to wait a little longer.

So nice to learn that she led a full and giving life.

God Bless

Mike Larkin
July 28, 2012
Reggie's passing is a great loss of a good friend. Her wisdom, kindness and generosity were always an inspiration to those of us who worked with her in the field of environmental educaion. We remember her with love and gratitude.
July 28, 2012


Reggie was my first female friend when I arrived in New Jersey twenty-six years ago. She helped me prepare for our wedding in generous fashion. I wore her diamond necklace on that special day. She was the only non-family member at our wedding and reception. Her presence made our wedding all the more special.

Yesterday, at the church when Jerry said that Reggie was a virtual Rolodex of information about those who had passed through SOC's network, I thought immediately of how true that was. But Reggie was a virtual Rolodex before virtual took on its modern meaning and before Rolodex was invented.

I will miss you Reggie. I will miss your wit and wisdom.
With love, Judy
July 28, 2012
Reg and I worked together at the School of Conservation for nearly two decades, but we were far more than fellow employees. Our apartments shared a common wall (thin) in one of the old CCC buildings on Sequoya campus at the school. This made for a special closeness not shared by anyone else. As my nearest neighbor, Reggie was part of my family as she watched my daughters develop from birth.
Under the direction of Dr. John Kirk (I could never call him "DK" as Reggie did), Reggie, Jerry Schierloh and I formed a team that was unique in the environmental education world. Lots of environmental centers had science and recreation staff, but few, if any, had a humanities/social studies specialist. Reggie filled this role as no one else could. Tens of thousands of kids and adults who spent time in residence at SOC will remember their experience in Degroat Cabin spinning wool. Thanks to Reggie's work as SOC librarian, teachers and graduate students were able to utilize the collection in the LB Sharp Memorial Library to research a wide variety of environmental topics. She even used her cats as part of her humanities lesson.
Many people are unlikely to know that Reggie was a member of the Nordic Ski Patrol. For years Reggie accompanied groups of cross country skiers on tours over trails in Sussex County.
She was a woman of many talents. There was no one like her. I will miss her a great deal.
July 27, 2012
It was really great seeing so many of Reggie's School of Conservation and Camp Wapalanne friends present for her service earlier today! I'm sure she would have cherished the thought of all those who had come, or who sent messages from a distance, to honor her memory. May this serve as my Special Tribute to the New Jersey School of Conservation colleague who shared my passion for Outdoor and Environmental Education for 30 of my years at the School (1969-1999). There is no doubt that Regina Kelly made significant contributions to the infusion of the Humanities into the substance and soul of New Jersey Environmental Education. She was also a veritable 'Rolodex' of information about all who had ever been staff, support staff, or key personnel at the School, and always made every effort to make sure that all were included in SOC functions. Her support of the 50th Anniversary of the School helped to make it a truly historic event. On a personal level, she was a caring and generous friend to our family. A countless number of fellow educators who were steeped in the nascent foundations of Environmental Education and SOC history will truly miss her!!
July 27, 2012
My sincerest love thoughts and wishes to denise and the kelly family and friends
July 27, 2012
My memories of Reggie are from many years ago when we started as camp counselors together and then worked at NJSOC as assistant professors. She was fun, hard-working and had a wonderful dry wit. I last saw her at the 50th anniversary of the School of Conservation and will always remember her for her many talents and her reverence for life. My condolences to her family. She will be sorely missed, I'm sure.
July 27, 2012
My husband, Richard Sentpal, and I are so very saddened to learn of the untimely passing of our dear friend and colleagues, Reggie Kelly. We were fortunate to have had the honor and pleasure of first meeting her during the late 70's at NJSOC. At that time, Dennis Paporello, Rich and I were running a residential summer camp for the disabled students of A. Harry Moore School-the A. Harry Moore Camp at NJSOC. Reggie became a fast friend and we recall many time of frolicking and good fun at her NJSOC quarters as well as in Montague. As so many have noted, we were constantly impressed and entertained by her wit and intelligence. She shared her love of nature with all who surrounded her, including the students and campers of A. Harry Moore School/Camp. Always an advocate for our work with the children, she volunteered many times during the summer to provide them with personalized outdoor experiences in the Corral,at De Groats Cabin, Piney Point, and more. We trust that the family knows that Reggie touched and influenced many of our lives and she will remain dear in our hearts and memories.
Please accept our sincere wishes of comfort and sympathy at this most difficult time of loss.
July 26, 2012
Correction, I was one of the Directors at the NJSOC between 2000 and 2006.

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