Gloria Evangeline Hooper-Rasberry departed this life on May 7th, 2018 at her home in Syracuse, New York.
She was born in New York City on May 22, 1932, the third child of Rev. Robert Benjamin Hooper Sr. and Eddye Hurley Hooper Logan.
Gloria completed her education in the schools of New York, a highlight of which was being admitted to the elite Hunter College High School, where she was elected senior class president.
Immediately following her undergraduate studies at Hunter College Gloria went to France as a teaching assistant, traveling there under a Fulbright Grant. Following a year of study at the Sorbonne's Ecole Normale d'Institutrices pour lʼEnseignement du Français a l'Etranger, she received a scholarship from the Spanish Government to study at the University of Barcelona's Palma de Mallorca Campus.
After her return to the United States, Gloria completed graduate study at Hunter in Romance Language Education, Columbia University in Linguistics and received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in French, all the while holding various teaching positions: College of Saint Rose in Albany, Northeastern University in Boston, Western New England College in Springfield, MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Amherst, MA and Syracuse University.
She married Rev. Robert Eugene Rasberry Sr. on November 27, 1954, whom she met at an interfaith youth gathering in New York City. Of that union were born four children: Roslyn, Robert Jr., John and Denise.
After the family moved to Syracuse, Gloria accepted a position as consultant at Syracuse University where she designed and developed Syracuse University's English Language Institute--an intensive English program of study for international students. She became its first Director, serving in that capacity for almost twenty years. Gloria also designed and developed SUʼs World Language Program, a program of study of less-commonly-taught languages for domestic students and faculty, and for a number of years served as its Director.
Her studies, work and love of different languages and cultures have taken Gloria to different parts of the world: India, China and other parts of Asia, Spain, France, Belgium, England, Turkey, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, various countries in South America, Quebec, Montreal, The Czech Republic and more.
Gloria served various community agencies and over the years worked on the
boards of Manlius Pebble Hill School, Salvation Army, Aurora of CNY, Community Foundation of CNY, International Center of Syracuse and Alliance of Communities Serving Syracuse (ACTS).
Gloria was a member of the Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, Dewitt, NY.
Undergirding her prodigious activities: studies, family, work and community involvement, has been an abiding faith in humankind, creation and its Creator.
Gloria believed when one door closes another will open... And she frequently reminded us:
“El universo està en tus manos, cuídalo.”
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday June 9, 2018 at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd., Syracuse, NY 13214.
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