BALTIMORE Dr. Dana A. Severance, 56, Director of Residence Life and educator at Frostburg State University, passed away on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at The Gilchrist Center Hospice in Towson, of pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by loving family and friends.
Dana was born on Sept. 21, 1961, in Augusta, Maine to Gerald and Edith Severance and grew up on Cony Road.
Dana graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, in 1979 and earned his B.A. in Psychology (1983) and his Master of Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs (1988) from the University of Maine, and a Doctorate of Education from Frostburg State University in 2015.
In addition to his duties as Director of Residence Life at FSU, Dana served as: Co-Chair, Student Affairs Division Program Review Task Force; Coordinator, Student Affairs Division Strategic Planning Process; Advisor, National Residence Hall Honorary - FSU Chapter; Secretary, Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Committee; Member, Annual Leadership Awards Committee; Member, Middle States Accreditation Self-Study Standard 2 Sub-Group; Member, University Technology Advisory Group; Member, President's Advisory Council of Institutional Effectiveness; and Student Affairs Division representative. According to the FSU Alumni Association, "he will be best remembered for his wisdom and humor, his commitment to our students, and as a congenial, caring and thoughtful friend and colleague."
As an educator at FSU, Dana functioned as an academic advisor to first-year students and instructed undergraduate classes in Introduction to Higher Education and Freshman Composition as well as a graduate class in History of Higher Education. He was heavily involved throughout his career with a number of professional organizations including: NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; the Association of College & University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); and his beloved Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO), where his eighteen-year membership saw him hold many positions, including Conferences and Professional Development Task Force member, Strategic Plan Task Force member, Program Committee/Executive Board Co-chair, Director of Annual Programs, Convention Co-Host, and President.
Dana was also a heavily involved community member in Allegany County, serving as Beall Elementary PTA president; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland Board President, Religious Education Coordinator, and Newsletter Editor; softball coach for Frostburg Girls Rec League and Mountain Thunder Tournament Softball Teams; and president of the Mountain Ridge High School Band Parent Association.
Dana's varied interests included hiking, camping, knitting, reading, cheering on the Red Sox, and traveling. He was most in his element in the great outdoors, especially around rivers, swimming holes, and the ocean. He was a music aficionado who always had a song in his head and knew the lyrics to each and every song. Dana possessed a lifelong devotion to family as a loving and engaged son, brother, uncle, husband, and father. He is a beloved member of the Deprey family through his daughters, Hannah and Sarah, and their mother, Patrice.
Dana is survived by his husband, Kerry Richard; daughters, Hannah Deprey-Severance and Sarah Deprey-Severance and her partner, Chris Harper; step-daughter, Brooke Divita and her husband, Dean and their children, Brandon, Kyle, Ryan, and Caylie; step-daughter, Brandy Davis and her son, Dylan; daughtie-oughta-be, Rachel Shussett; sister, Joan Martin and her husband, Wayne; brother Edward Severance; sisters-in-law, Alice Severance, Lisa Severance, and Bonnie Severance; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dana was predeceased by his mother, Edith; his father, Gerald; brothers, Howard, Albert "Jerry," and David; and sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Hunter.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the True Colors Fund at truecolorsfund.org, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org, or to support Rachel Shussett's Pittsburgh Marathon run for the American Cancer Society DetermiNation at www.crowdrise.com/acspitt2018/fundraiser/rachelshussett.
A celebration of Dana's life is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Lane University Center ARMAH at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, and on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta.
Inurnment will take place at Arlington Cemetery in late spring at a date to be determined.
An announcement will be made on social media. All friends and family are invited to attend any or all services.
Published on February 10, 2018