SUNY Cortland President Praises Conn. School Shooting Victim Mary Sherlach

By WBNG News

SUNY Cortland President Praises Conn. School Shooting Victim Mary Sherlach

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum today released the following statement to its alumni and the College community:

"This weekend, the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., shocked and horrified the nation. And it hit the SUNY Cortland community particularly hard.

"School psychologist Mary Joy Greene Sherlach '78, was killed by the gunman as she rushed toward him in an apparent attempt to protect the children at a Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"Mary, who graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology, was an active member of SUNY Cortland's alumni family. She met her husband, Bill Sherlach '80, at the College, and the couple frequently returned to campus to attend Cortaca games, most recently last month.

"According to media reports, Mary and the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary, where Mary had been the school psychologist since 1994, responded to the sound of gunshots and shattered glass by rushing toward the sound, and then at the shooter.

"Mary's actions were heroic, and exemplified courage, compassion and dedication. We are proud to call her one of our own.

"In the coming days, as all of us struggle to comprehend the horror of this event, we will discuss how best to serve her memory."