Dr. Peter Yacyk, professor emeritus of graduate education, dies at 93

Yacyk served Rider for more than 30 years as an educator
Adam Grybowski

Dr. Peter Yacyk, who served Rider University for more than 30 years, including as an assistant dean of education, died on May 16. He was 93.

“Peter was a dedicated educator who touched thousands of lives through his work at Rider University and beyond,” reads his official obituary. “He was known for his caring spirit and wonderful sense of humor.”

Yacyk’s career began at Salem High School in Salem, N.J., and continued at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa. He joined Rider in September 1966 and retired in 2009. At the University, his roles included professor, assistant dean of education and, in retirement, adjunct professor emeritus of graduate education. He was known for his creativity in the classroom and for pushing the limits with the latest methodology to prepare business and marketing educators.

Yacyk was the author of Laugh, Learn, and Invest, A Teacher's Guide for a Class Stock Purchase Project and What Teenagers Should Know About the Stock Market and Investments.

Yacyk was born in Gilberton, Pa., raised in Chester, Pa., and resided in Ewing, N.J. A veteran of World War II, he proudly and honorably served his country with the U.S. Navy. Yacyk was a dedicated member of St. Ann's Church in Lawrence, N.J., and loved to travel and vacation at the Jersey Shore.

He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary Yacyk; his wife, Patricia Ann Yacyk; and his granddaughter, Charisa Yacyk.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Peter and Deborah Yacyk, Ron and Amy Yacyk, Richard and Sharon Yacyk, and Paul and Suzanne Yacyk; his grandchildren, Jenna DeLuca, Dana, Kayleen, Kyle, Cory and Chloe Yacyk; his great-grandchildren, Dominic and Francesca DeLuca, and his companion, Mary Ann Conboy.

Because of gathering restrictions in place for the coronavirus pandemic, funeral services will be held privately, but a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice in his memory. To send a condolence to the family, please visit Arrangements are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors at 650 Lawrence Road in Lawrence, N.J., which can be reached by calling 609-396-8168.