Memorial Service to be held Sunday, September 25 at two o’clock in Wilson Hall
Passing of Jules L. Plangere, Jr. HN ’86
Monmouth University mourns the loss of Trustee Emeritus Jules L. Plangere, Jr. HN ’86, former chair of the Board of Trustees, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the age of 95. His transformational leadership, stalwart support, and sage advice will be sorely missed by his fellow trustees and by the many students, faculty, and staff who were fortunate enough to share in the glow of his spirit which burned so brightly.
As board chair, Mr. Plangere championed the adoption of the University’s first strategic plan which focused on achieving regional distinction by enhancing academic quality and establishing closer community partnerships.
His steadfast belief and support for the promise and possibility of all Monmouth University could achieve endures in endowed student scholarships, the endowed Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Chair in American Social History, support for young journalists at the student-run newspaper, The Outlook, lighting for the soccer facilities at Hesse Field on the Great Lawn, and the first leadership gift to the Monmouth Stadium currently under construction.
At the dedication for the award-winning Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Center for Communication and Instructional Technology named in his honor in 2002, President Emerita Rebecca Stafford said, “His commitment to our mission has helped to transform us into a University of distinction.”
His foundational investment in the Monmouth University Polling Institute to foster greater public understanding of social and political issues, and his marquee gift to build the OceanFirst Bank Center, which bears his initials on center court, have been essential building blocks in the increased national prominence of Monmouth University.
We recognize and celebrate Mr. Plangere’s service to our country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army as an anti-craft artillery officer in the South Pacific and as an aide to the U.S. Peace Mission in Korea, and his significant contributions to our broader community including support for students in Asbury Park.
Plangere’s lifelong support for civic causes and volunteer service had a major impact on both Monmouth University and our region. His many awards and recognition including the President’s Vision Award, renamed the Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Medal in his honor in 2015, the Monmouth Award for Communication Excellence, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, and at many other worthy charitable endeavors are still too few to mark the lasting influence of a beloved and humble humanitarian who sowed seeds of possibility far and wide.