KSU Scholarship Named For Alan Canfora

(Kent) - There will be a scholarship at Kent State University to honor Alan Canfora, the recently deceased survivor of the May 4, 1970 shooting of students by the Ohio National Guard, who later became the biggest advocate of programs and events commemorating the events of that day.

Canfora's name has been given to the Alan Canfora Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund. It was set up by 1974 KSU graduate Michael Solomon.

“Kent State lost one of its best in the surprising death of Alan Canfora," Solomon said. "Surprising, because those like me who knew Alan thought he would live forever. True to his career as a library science major, Alan maintained the most knowledge of anyone about the events and aftermath of May 4, an event that touched and shaped many lives. Alan also carried with him the strongest of opinions about those events. But what endeared Alan to me was his ability to look at things he did, and openly say how he had wished he had done them differently later in life."

The scholarship has been set up for Library Science majors. Canfora held a masters degree from KSU in Library Science. Before his death, Canfora had been director of the Akron Law Library, and was involved in politics, as chair of the Democratic Party in Barberton.

Kent State is saying, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Scholarship Fund.

(Photo courtesy Kent State University)

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