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Hofstra Mourns Pete Libman, Fmr. Dean of Students

Pete Libman
Pete Libman

The Hofstra community is mourning the loss of former Dean of Students Pete Libman, who died on Saturday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 51.

Libman, an outgoing, approachable administrator who rarely missed a campus event, was Dean of Students for more than seven years, beginning in May 2007. He left the University last summer to focus full-time on his health. He also became a tireless advocate for pancreatic cancer research, lobbying Congress with the Pancreatic Cancer Network and leading a team called “Pete’s Pride” that raised more than $15,000 for the 2013 Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Walk at Jones Beach.

Just last week, Libman was gearing up for this year’s Lustgarten Walk, rallying friends and family to support the “Pete’s Pride” team by participating in the Oct. 12 event, or donating to the cause.

Flags were lowered in Dean Libman’s honor on Monday, September 29 at 7:30 a.m., and will be raised again on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 a.m.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the Star of David Memorial Chapel, 1236 Wellwood Ave., West Babylon. A campus celebration of his life and legacy will be held November 1, 2014. Details about this event will be shared in the coming weeks.

As Dean of Students, Libman was among the most visible administrators at Hofstra, responsible for programs and services that cover the breadth of campus life including new student orientation and residential programs, multicultural and international student services, commuting student affairs, student leadership activities and recreation and intramural sports.

Libman came to Hofstra from the School of American Ballet, where he held a senior students affair position. He also served in student affairs roles at Columbia University, Barnard College and Clemson University, where he earned a master’s degree in education. He also earned an advanced certification in educational administration from Baruch College.

But his greatest skill, according to students and staff, was not easily reduced to a line on his resume.

“The biggest thing about Pete? He listened,” wrote Emily Miethner ’10, in a blog post memorializing Libman called What it’s Like to be Heard.

“He was a great voice for students,” Miethner wrote. “He came to the plays I was in and directed, approved the fundraisers I planned, clarified reasons for seemingly idiotic rules and wrote me recommendations for awards and jobs…And here’s the thing: I know he did this and so much more for tons of students.”

As Libman told the Hofstra Chronicle in an interview shortly after he became Dean of Students: “I want to be a friendly face around Hofstra. That’s what I’m all about.”

Libman is survived by his wife, Evelin, four children, Miguel, Vanessa, Milena and Jayden, his parents, his sister, brother-in-law and nephew.

In lieu of flowers, the Libman family requests donations be made to the following organizations:



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  • From: Paul Quintero
    Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 6:13 PM
    Subject: Uplifted by a Memorial Service?

    ​Dear Accionistas:

    As everyone knows, today was Peter Libman’s memorial service and despite the appropriately overcast day, solemn nature of the event and the difficult transition that Evelin and her family are going through, I have to admit that I left the memorial service very uplifted.

    How so?

    Well, in brief, I always believed memorial services were about one’s life, not death, and this is exactly what all the speakers shared.

    I learned how Peter saw the best in people and never gave up on them. I learned how a one-minute walk from his office to another office took 20 minutes because he spent time with each person he met along the way to say hello and was genuinely interested in them. I learned how he befriended a doorman (not of his building, but his sister’s) and was given access to the rooftop even AFTER his sister moved out of the building and kept in touch with the doorman whenever he was in the neighborhood. Once you knew Peter, you were a friend for life.

    In sum, I learned that we all need to live more, love more and listen more than we probably do.

    As I looked around the room (which was literally standing room only), I could only think what a beautiful impact Peter made on so many lives in so little time and the exemplary example he set for all of us on how we should live and be remembered.

    I left motivated to be a better son to my mother who is visiting me now, a better husband, a better father, better colleague, better leader, a better friend. I left motivated to live more, love more and listen more. I left motivated to perhaps be more like… Peter.

    With loving support for Evelin and grateful appreciation to Peter for his example and impact,

    Paul Quintero, CEO
    Accion East, Inc.

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