January 24, 2005: Headlines: COS - Philippines: Obituaries - Philippines: La Voz Weekly: Philippines RPCV Sharon Sunico dies at 61

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Philippines RPCV Sharon Sunico dies at 61

Philippines RPCV Sharon Sunico dies at 61

Philippines RPCV Sharon Sunico dies at 61

Program director dies at 61

By Angelina Majeed

January 24, 2005

Sharon Sunico, retired director of the De Anza College Readiness Program died Jan. 17. She was 61.

Sunico passed away in her sleep at her home in San Jose after a long battle with cancer.

Sunico ran the College Readiness Program for the last 14 years at De Anza and was a member of the Curriculum Committee. The College Readiness Program provides instruction to prepare students for college-level work.

"She was indefatigable in her contributions to our students and to our school," wrote Dean of Language Arts John Swensson in an e-mail to staff. "Her heart was as big as it could be, and she was committed to her students and her colleagues."

"Sharon Sunico may not be sitting in her Readiness office in LC 138 now, but walk into College Readiness during a quieter moment, and you can clearly feel her presence," said Mary Browning, who worked with Sunico at the College Readiness Program. "She was a working boss and a companion in this high energy place ... she worked right alongside of us in the hectic surge of 2,000-plus students arriving in the first two weeks each quarter."

Sunico graduated with bachelor's degrees in English and French from Mankato State University in Minnesota in 1965 and received a master's degree in Linguistics from California State University, Fresno in 1983.

Prior to her career at De Anza, Sunico was the director of Developmental Education at Kings River Community College in Reedley, California from 1989 to 1991.

She taught advanced English as a Second Language and Linguistics at CSU Fresno from 1981 to 1982 and was a director of an ESL school in the Philippines from 1975 to 1979, where she met her late husband Rudolfo.

Sunico also worked for the Peace Corps in the Philippines from 1969 to 1970 as an educational consultant. Among many awards Sunico received during her career as an educator is a Presidential Commendation for her Service to Nigeria and the United States from President Lyndon B. Johnson.

She was an education officer for the Ministry of Education in Enugu, Nigeria from 1966 to 1967.

She is survived by her children Sarena, Stephanie, Renato and Raquel and her grandchildren.

The family will hold a private service today. De Anza is planning a memorial service, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Details will be posted at the president's office in front of the administration building.

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