Paula K. Van Riper
Paula K. Van Riper, 67, of Branchburg, N.J., assistant dean in the Office of Academic Services at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on August 20, 2015, at Hackensack University Medical Center after a long struggle with multiple myeloma.
A memorial visitation was held on August 28 at St. Peter’s R.C. Church, New Brunswick, under the direction of the Branchburg Funeral Home, 908-526-7638.
Born in New Brunswick, Van Riper earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Rider University in 1969 and a master's degree in social work from Rutgers University in 1997.
She was assistant dean and director of advising in the Office of Academic Services at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and had served as an assistant dean at Rutgers in various roles since 1992.
Prior to joining the university, she provided leadership in Piscataway, N.J., for many years by serving as a member, vice president, and president of the Board of Education, and as president of the PTA Presidents Council.
Diagnosed with myeloma in 1999, Van Riper founded the Central Jersey Multiple Myeloma Support Group, providing information, guidance, and support to many fellow patients and their families. She had spoken and written extensively in support of the myeloma community and had appeared as its advocate before legislative bodies.
She is survived by a son, Ryan; a daughter, Renee Whitman; two brothers, Richard and Alan Bonopane; a sister, Bonnie Fochi; and a grandson, Alexander.
She had suggested that, as an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made in her memory to the International Myeloma Foundation at myeloma.org or to the Miracles for Myeloma Central Jersey Fund at www.branchburgfuneralhome.com.