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Memorial to Honor Eugene and Beulah Link Saturday, Oct. 14

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ A memorial gathering will be held Saturday to honor and celebrate the lives of Dr. Eugene P. and Beulah Link, a husband and wife who were influential in helping to shape the Plattsburgh community, the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and United University Professions.

Dr. Link, professor emeritus of history, died April 26 at the age of 98. Beulah Link, his wife, died in November 2002 at the age of 89. Both are fondly and vividly remembered for their energizing commitment to the students and faculty, for their activism in the community and for their role in founding the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Plattsburgh.

The gathering will be Saturday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center. Two of the three Link children, Drs. Bruce and Perry Link, will be in attendance for the memorial to their parents. A reception will follow and the public is encouraged to attend.

Dr. Eugene Link came to SUNY Plattsburgh in 1963 until his retirement in 1977.  He was a founding member of United University Professions, Inc., the bargaining agent for more than 30,000 SUNY faculty and staff, which has offered scholarships to all SUNY students in an annual statewide competition since 1989.

At Plattsburgh, Professor Link was the first to offer courses in African American history, the history of women in the United States and the history of American labor. Beulah was a former special education teacher in the area's schools. She was a champion of women's rights, an active participant in the College's Women's Studies Forum and a member of New York State United Teachers.

She served with her husband on UUP's Link Scholarship Selection Committee, which recommended students for semi-annual scholarship awards through the Eugene P. Link College Scholarship Trust Fund, which is funded through donations from the Links and other union members.

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