|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1948|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1996|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Victim of the TWA 800 plane crash. She was an award-winning and popular Binghamton professor who was traveling to Paris with her twelve year old daughter Ana. An associate professor of English, General Literature and Rhetoric who last year was recognized for her teaching excellence.
They are survived by Coiner's partner and Ana's father, Stephen Duarte, an academic advisor and curriculum specialist for Binghamton's Educational Opportunity Program, as well as Coiner's mother and three sisters.
Coiner came to Binghamton in 1988 from UCLA, where she had earned her masters and PhD and served as a lecturer. Her "commitment to teaching, her caring yet demanding approach to students and the way she integrates her innovative teaching with impressive scholarship" were among the reasons cited when she was honored with the University and Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching last fall. She was described by colleagues and students"dynamic," "passionate," "enthusiastic" and "dedicated." For a class she developed on "Multicultural American Women Writers" she said her goal for students was to "talk and listen tough-mindedly, but respectfully across bound aries of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and disability." She wrote, "I want to lead students toward examined lives, but I don't tell them how to live." She was described by family and friends in an obituary as a loved one, mother, daughter, activist, friend, teacher and scholar. "Constance Coiner's life cannot merely be summed up in these labels, but they do reflect her values and accomplishments," the obituary said. ". . .She battled to change the world and to challenge othersand herself to reflect, engage, enact. She manifested humor, liveliness and sensitivity and saw each day as an opportunity for enrichment, rebirth and principled struggle." Colleague Alvin P. Vos, associate professor of English, who chaired her tenure commit tee, said Coiner brought enthusiasm and dedication to her roles as scholar, teacher and mother. "She was the most passionate professor I've ever known in the English Depart ment," he said. Former student Renee Brochu said Coiner was a caring, inspiring teacher. Marjorie Feld, another former student and teaching assistant, said Coiner had changed the lives of many of her students. "She made it her business to connect with students," she said. "She pushed them to their limits. She made an impact on their lives and they responded."
Harry Gordon Coiner (1912 - 1992)
Henrietta Bain Manson Coiner (1914 - 2007)
Ana Duarte-Coiner (1983 - 1996)*
Pinelawn Memorial Park
New York, USA
Maintained by: Zachary Coiner
Originally Created by: JL
Record added: Jun 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20061399