Whitman Dean’s Executive Assistant Remembered for Kindness, Positive Spirit

headshot of Tara Schroer

In Memoriam: Tara Schroer

Whitman Dean’s Executive Assistant Remembered for Kindness, Positive Spirit

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management community mourns the loss of Tara Schroer, who passed away in December 2020. As the executive assistant to Dean Gene Anderson of the Whitman School since 2017, her kindness and positive spirit touched everyone with whom she came in contact. She also made a profound impact as a member of the One Whitman Council.

“Tara was my partner in the Dean’s Office. I trusted her completely and relied on her in every way,” says Whitman Dean Anderson. “Her loss is an immeasurable one, and I feel extremely fortune to have had the opportunity to work with her these past three years.”

Schroer will be sorely missed by all who knew her, as she was an extraordinarily talented and invaluable member of the Whitman community. Peter Koveos, professor of finance and Kiebach Chair in International Business says, “Please allow me to join in the sentiment expressed by the entire Whitman community. It’s very sad news and very difficult to digest. Tara was respected and liked by everybody; her door was always open to all of us. She was friendly, kind, smart and dependable – always willing to help. I just cannot say enough about what she meant to the Whitman community.”

“Tara’s positive spirit and sense of humor brightened anyone’s day who knew her. She brought us all together at events. We will all miss her greatly, and Whitman will not be the same without Tara,” adds MaryAnn Monforte, professor of accounting practice.

Born in London, England, and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Schroer moved to the United States in 2002. She came to the Central New York area in 2010 to work at Le Moyne College. Schroer spent much of her summers visiting her friends and family abroad.

Schroer is survived by her husband, Christopher; mother, Christina, and stepfather, Paul; and sister Zo, as well as nieces and nephews. Many of her family had traveled from the United Kingdom to be with her during the past few months.

In lieu of flowers, Schroer requested donations in her memory be made to the Chenango SPCA of Norwich, Hospice of the Finger Lakes and Central New York, or the American Cancer Society.

Whitman Dean Anderson and Tara Schroer pose for a photo at the staff and faculty awards ceremony in 2018
Kimmy Kimball