SAMUELS--Cheryl Troy. Cheryl Troy Samuels left this world for another on March 23, 2013 in Rockville, Maryland after battling Ovarian cancer for over five years with courage, strength and grace. Cheryl was born on October 1, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY where her father was stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a U.S. Navy ferry pilot during World War II. Though she was raised in Toledo, OH, Cheryl remained fiercely proud of her Brooklyn roots. After high school, Cheryl earned her certificate of dental hygiene and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from The Ohio State University; a Master of Science degree in dental hygiene education from the University of Michigan; and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in policy sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her career was spent in higher education. For 17 years Cheryl served as Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore. Later, Cheryl served as Dean of the College of Allied Health and Nursing at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN; Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA as well as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at both Texas Women's University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. An intrepid world traveler, avid reader, tenacious debater, academic visionary and mentor to young women, Cheryl had zest for life as anyone who knew her infectious laugh will tell you. Educated, accomplished, sophisticated and beautiful -- beauty and brains -- that was Cheryl! Cheryl is survived by her devoted husband Jeff, loving daughter Courtney, son Blair, parents Richard and Wanda Troy of Toledo, OH, sister Gay Escobar also of Toledo, OH and sister Connie Troy of Safety Harbor, FL. Cheryl's joyful, indomitable spirit will live on in all who knew and loved her.
Published in The New York Times on Mar. 30, 2013