In Memoriam…Tom Finnerty and Larry Haims

Tom Finnerty, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at YSU, passed away Nov. 25, 2015. Finnerty earned a bachelor’s degree from YSU, was the lead writer for the Youngstown 2010 city development plan, and was instrumental in the formation of the Wick Neighbors and Smoky Hollow redevelopment plans. The family requests monetary donations to the YSU Geography Department, Hospice of the Valley or Angels for Animals.

Larry Haims, professor emeritus of Educational Foundations, passed away Jan. 4. Haims jointed the YSU faculty in 1972 and retired in 1996, serving as chair of the Department of Foundations of Education and assistant to the dean of the College of Education. He was married to Barbara Brothers, former chair of the English Department and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Donations may be made to SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts), 100 E. Federal Plaza, City Centre One, Suite 415, Youngstown, OH 44503, or online at