Two Iona Professors Among the Victims of Tropical Depression Ida

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Iona College President Dr. Seamus Carey has issued a statement that Professors Ken and Fran Bailie did not make it home last night after teaching their classes at the college. The couple were longtime professors in the Computer Science department.

The Harrison Police Department issued a statement that a body, later identified as Ken Bailie, was found a quarter mile from his vehicle on a creek bank. Fran Bailie is still missing.

Harrison Police received a report of the missing Rye Brook couple at 1:45 a.m. on September 2. An intensive search led to an unoccupied vehicle on a guide rail, pinned against a utility pole at Lincoln Avenue and Brookside Way in Purchase.

The Blind Brook Creek surged beyond the creek banks and onto Lincoln Avenue where the vehicle was located.

Assisting in the search was the Rye Brook Police Department, the Westchester County Police Aviation Unit, the New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team, a New York State Police canine unit, the Purchase Fire Department and the Harrison EMS.

7 thoughts on “Two Iona Professors Among the Victims of Tropical Depression Ida”

  1. I am devastated she was a sweet yet strong woman wrapped in a tiny vessel…there has never been a time from 1992 until 2018 (my years knowing her as an Iona student) that I have went to Dr Bailie’s office and she was always willing to assist me. She made it possible to become employed with Iona in 2017 but I got gravelly sick was hospitalized and her husband had to take my position. I will never forget her, she was an earthly angel to me. My grief is uncontrollable and she’s still missing? Its Sunday!

  2. She was such a good person. She was the one at the CNR reunions who looked almost exactly as she had in college. So tiny and quiet and sweet. What a horrible way to end such a good life.

  3. Fran was such a good person. At the CNR reunions she was the one who looked almost exactly as she had in college, so petite and pretty and sweet. What a horrible ending to a beautiful life.

  4. Fran was a wonderful person. She will be sorely missed. Joellyn Ausanka, a fellow classmate (CNR’65).

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