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Claudia Sandoval

Sylvia Yudice Walters

July 17, 1948 - August 14, 2021

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OBITUARY
SYLVIA WALTERS, native New Yorker, passed after a courageous battle with cancer in her home in Waxhaw, NC, on August 14, 2021, surrounded by family.   Born in 1948 to immigrant parents from El Salvador, she called Brooklyn, NY, her home.  She became a mom in 1969 and, with a young child, graduated from Brooklyn College in 1974. She then obtained her masters in Speech Language Pathology from Brooklyn College in 1980. Following...  see more
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  • Wendy Stephenson
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  • Laura Koenig
    I was fortunate to have had Sylvia as a colleague at the beginning of my academic career. She was one of the most dedicated teachers and colleagues i've had the opportunity to work with, and her commitment to her family was even greater. Deep...  more
  • Susan Longtin
    Thanks for the NEONS you showered on me as I prepared my job talk for a position at Brooklyn College twenty years ago. You were, indeed, a renaissance person whose love of family, friends, history, music, human rights, and the profession mark ...  more
  • Christine Somma
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful mom. She is not someone that I will ever forget. I met her for the first time at a United Women for Change meeting and after the meeting she shared how she loved the work we were planning. Soon after, she was ready...  more
  • Delissa Reynolds
  • Nelson Moses
    Sylvia was the heart and soul of LIU’s speech department. She made me as Chair appear at least somewhat organized. She brought happiness and caring to our students and her colleagues. She moved the profession forward toward serving the communities...  more
  • Judith Pearce
  • Ingrid Davidovich
    I consider it an enormous privilege to have known Sylvia for over 25 years. Initially, I got to know Sylvia as a professor, whose passion for teaching and the field of Speech Language Pathology was infectious. It is because of her enthusiasm,...  more
  • Michael Bergen
    I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with you at our alma mater, Brooklyn College, Sylvia. You have given so much in the way of knowledge and advice to our colleagues and students, and you have been (and always will be) a professional...  more
  • Horacio Gutierrez
    Who knew that meeting my cutest preschool classmate would lead to such a deep lifelong friendship? Sylvia and my mom clicked immediately and your family became our family since before I can remember and even before Claudia was born. Sylvia so made us...  more
  • Jeri Blum
    • Jeri Blum
      Jeri Blum I recall with so much love in my heart, the many years I had the privilege of working with Sylvia at LIU and our ongoing friendship that started there. I so admired her intelligence and ability to keep all of us sane and laughing! And that was a talent...  more
    • Jeri Blum
      Claudia Sandoval Thank you so much Jeri for sharing. My mom enjoyed working with you and valued your friendship.
      • October 10, 2021
  • Iraina Caramelli
    Sylvia and I have been loving friends since High School. What will stay with me forever is her laugh. It seems when we would get together we would laugh a lot. She was brilliant, it's true, but the Sylvia that I knew was great fun to be with. We could be...  more
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    • Iraina Caramelli
      Claudia Sandoval She had the best laugh. I am so grateful for the stories you have shared with us so she can always be remembered.
      • October 10, 2021
  • Aleta Galusha
    I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to meet Sylvia through our political activities with Claudia. What a wonderful revelation that we were also neighbors, with only 2 or 3 blocks between our homes! Sylvia and I learned we had so much in common:...  more
  • Patricia Louise
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. May her grace, strength, light and faith shine on in you all.
    Sylvia and I were great friends in St. Michael HS. At one reunion, we were recounting funny episodes, so I told a story of injustice received when I did...  more
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    • Patricia Louise
      Claudia Sandoval Thank you so much for sharing Patricia. I knew she was voted class clown but I didn't realize her antics went to these lengths. I'm so glad you got to spend time together before she left Brooklyn.
      • October 10, 2021
  • Sharon Pinsker
  • Phyllis Allen
    My deepest condolences to Sylvia’s family and friends during this difficult time. Prayers…..🙏
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    • Phyllis Allen
      Claudia Sandoval Thank you so much Phyllis. We appreciate your kind words.
      • October 5, 2021
    • Phyllis Allen
      Evelyn Maben-Hall My friend Sylvia had a very impressive resume, but she was so humble, I am certain not many friends were aware of her many accomplishments. I will always remember her as a kind, considerate friend, who encouraged me to learn Spanish and smiled the few...  more
  • Gail Olenick
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  • Jennifer Stringfellow
  • Jennifer Stringfellow
    From the moment Rod and I met Sylvia it was as if we were old friends. We talked and realized Sylvia was an educator, like Rod and lived in Brooklyn where we lived most of our lives. We identified a few Brooklyn locations and as they say "the rest...  more
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    • Jennifer Stringfellow
      Claudia Sandoval Thank you Jennifer. We appreciate your support during this difficult time. My mom adored you and Rod and I know she was grateful for your friendship.
      • October 5, 2021
    • Jennifer Stringfellow
      Bridget Dwyer My sincerest condolences to all of Sylvia's family, friends and colleagues. The joy of knowing Sylvia for all of my adult life has been immeasurable. To have been touched by Sylvia in one way or another is truly a blessing that we all share. I was first...  more
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  • Claudia Sandoval
    Shared Memories from Angela Iovino-
    - Sylvia and Ken visited my home in Georgetown Washington DC before they were married. Immediately you knew Sylvia was a woman of purpose and determination. She was determined to marry Ken; on the other hand, like most...  more
    • Claudia Sandoval
      Ken Walters Thank you Angela. As I read your comments I was transported back to the many times we were together with you, laughing, cooking, eating (when Sylvia hadn't burnt it) your delicious meals, marching for peace, women's rights, etc... You are a part of our family.
      • September 26, 2021
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  • Aleta Galusha
  • Julie Sandoval
  • Helen Grafakos
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    • Helen Grafakos
      Helen Grafakos Sylvia was not only my friends mother but she was also my friend. I admired her for so many reasons. In addition to all her life’s accomplishments, she was one of the most inspiring people I have ever known. Her strength, her fierce love of family...  more
      • September 20, 2021
    • Helen Grafakos
      Julie Sandoval Thank you Helen. My mom loved you and your family. She especially enjoyed hearing about our texts with friends and she loved the many gifts of food you shared. Thank you for your love and friendship.
      • September 22, 2021
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