Memorial service honors late Fayette mining instructor

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – On April 24, a memorial service and plaque ceremony were held for the late Lawrence A. Hunchuck, mining instructor at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The ceremony was held in the Coal and Coke Heritage Center in the lower level of the library at Penn State Fayette.

Lawrence “Larry” Hunchuck graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor of science in mining engineering and later from the University of Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in mining engineering. Upon retirement after 30 years in the mining industry, he decided to share his knowledge by becoming an instructor at Penn State Fayette.

Members of the campus and community joined together to share memories and stories of Hunchuck’s impact on their lives. Speeches were given by Francis Achampong, chancellor; Robert Lowery, mining instructor; and Joseph Hann; lecturer in business. The memorial plaque was presented by mining student Darrin Hogue and was accepted by Elaine H. DeFrank, oral historian of the Coal and Coke Heritage Center. Closing remarks were made by Lawrence’s wife, Mary Hunchuck, and his brother John Hunchuck.

“Teaching the mining classes kept Larry busy and happy. He thrived on interaction with the coal companies, Dr. Achampong, and the faculty, staff, and students here at the Fayette campus. He truly made every day count,” said DeFrank during her acceptance of the plaque.

Hunchuck passed away Jan. 10, 2013, of injuries resulting from an automobile accident.

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Last Updated May 01, 2013