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SPC Law Enforcement Cadets welcome home the remains of U.S. Army Spc. Brittany Gordon.
Cadets in the Law Enforcement Academy at the Allstate Center gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to welcome home the remains of U.S. Army Spc. Brittany Gordon, a former St. Petersburg College student, at Lawson Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. The first female soldier from the area to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Gordon died from injuries caused by a suicide bomber in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Oct. 13, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Bill Hall

Bill Hall, a longtime Senior Instructional Specialist at the Clearwater Campus, was found dead at age 49 on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Hall, who began working at St. Petersburg Junior College in 1988 as a part-time Instructional Assistant in the Learning Support Center, became a full-time employee in 1990 teaching writing and reading labs.

An alumnus of SPJC, Hall was a finalist for the college’s prestigious Apollo Award in 1989.

“He was excellent instructor and tutor,” said Matt Bowen, Associate Provost at the Clearwater Campus who worked in the LSC with Hall for 18 years. “He was a master at teaching students to think critically.”

Students often would drop by the LSC to talk with him and play with the puzzle and mind-teaser games he kept around his desk.

“He was very beloved by students,” Bowen said, describing Hall as an intellectual and philosopher with a great sense of humor.

Hall received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of South Florida in 1992. He completed additional graduate course work in reading and philosophy.

Funeral services are pending.

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Alvin C. Leonard Jr, 80, served as Dean of Student Affairs at St. Junior Petersburg College. Later, he served as an adjunct math instructor at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus from 1989-2004.

After serving in the Korean War, Leonard graduated from Indiana State University. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, moved to Pinellas County in 1958.

He loved traveling, spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, and supporting his favorite sports teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Gators.

A memorial service will be on July 7 at St. Paul Methodist Church in Largo.

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Mack Graves, 87, of Seminole died on Friday, June 15. He began teaching at St. Petersburg Junior College in 1958, serving as an Instructor of English for 20 years.

A decorated combat veteran, Graves served as an infantryman in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the war, he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Peabody Teachers College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He was elected to several academic honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 22 at 5-7 p.m. at the R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, 3530 49th St. N., St. Petersburg. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at Northwest Church of Christ, 6355 38th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

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Florida Today reported on the rise of female funeral directors and talked to SPC Funeral Services student Dori McKenzie about her experience.

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St. Petersburg College’s Funeral Services Program was mentioned recently in an Associated Press story that was carried in newspapers and on websites around the country. You may read it by clicking on the link below:


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