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Retirees Association

Historial Preservation Project is WSURA's most enduring effort

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The Historical Preservation project is considered by many members to be the most important activity conducted by the WSU Retirees Association.

In this ongoing project that began in 2001 under the auspices of the late Lewis Shupe, 38 faculty, administrators, staff and students have been interviewed, beginning with Don Mohr, the first Athletic Director and the first head of Financial Aid.

The interviews are available in written form and may be download to your computer, and most all are also available in video form. The online link to the collection will be found on the WSURA website at Historical Preservation under Activities and Service.

The most recent interview is of Lorna Dawes by Gary Barlow, but it requires additional processing before being added to the collection.

Dan Abrahamowicz is now the chair of the Historical Preservation committee and is assisted by Gary Barlow, Gail Whitaker, and Abe Bassett.  Archivist Chris Wydman is an ex officio member of the committee.

Below, by year of addition to the collection, are the persons who have been interviewed:

2014

Richard Williams Interview, Dean and Professor Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University, Lewis Shupe

2013

Craig Willis Interview, Former Director of Admissions, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe

Marilyn Willis and Lorraine Wagley interview, Wright State University Women, Lewis Shupe

Paul Wolfe interview, Professor Emeritus Department of Physics and Department of Geological Science, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe

2012

Rich Johnson interview, Wright State University Employee, Lewis

Orlas Semler Schwallie interview, Wright State University Employee, Lewis Shupe

2011

Nick Piediscalzi interview, Professor Emeritus Department of Religion, Wright State University, Pablo Banhos

Don Brumbaugh interview, Wright State University Employee, Lewis Shupe

Elizabeth Harden interview, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe

2010

Gregg Cross interview, Wright State University Alumnus, Chris Wydman

2009

Elenore Koch interview, Vice President, Student Affairs, Wright State University, Jennifer Budzek and Elenore Koch

Robert Dixon interview, Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe and Robert Dixon

Carol Devore interview, Graduate from the Class of 1968, Wright State University, Chris Wydman and Carol Devore

2008

James Hughes interview, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe and James Hughes

Emil Kmetec interview, Professor Emeritus, College of Science and Mathematics, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe and Emil Kmetec

2007

William and Cynthia King interview, Professors Emeriti, Department of Classics, Lewis Shupe, William King, and Cynthia King

Marc Low interview, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe and Marc Low

Alphonso Smith interview, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe and Alphonso Smith

John Webb interview, Former University Archivist, University Libraries, Wright State University, Chris Wydman and John Webb

2006

Gary Barlow interview, Professor Emeritus, Department of Teacher Education, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe and Gary Barlow

2004

Robert Dolphin interview, Professor Emeritus, College of Business and Former Dean of Graduate Studies, Wright State University, Robert Wagley and Robert Dolphin

2003

Beatrice Chait interview, Professor, College of Education and Human Services, and Former Associate Dean and Director of Teacher Education, Wright State University, Marlene Bireley and Beatrice Chait

J. B. Black Jr. interview, First Dean of the School of Business, Wright State University, Robert Wagley and J. B. Black

2002

Sally A. Evans interview, Former Director of Student Services, Wright State University, Marlene Bireley and Sally A. Evans

William D. Evans interview, Assistant Professor Emeritus, College of Business and Former Associate Dean, Wright State University, Marlene Bireley and William D. Evans

Leone Low interview, Instructor Emeritus, College of Science and Mathematics, Wright State University, Marlene Bireley and Leone Low

Abe Bassett interview, Professor Emeritus and Former Chairperson of the Department of Theater Arts, Wright State University, Lewis Shupe and Abe J. Bassett

2001

Donald J. Mohr interview, First Athletic Director and First Director of Financial Aid, Wright State University, Ken Davenport and Donald J. Mohr