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Retirees Association

Obituaries

Irene Danuta Romanowska
Apr 1, 2020
In 2001, the university established the Irene Romanowski Piano Scholarship in her honor, helping hundreds of students. She died on March 22, 2020.
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Feb 29, 2020
Bud Ragan will be remembered for his many contributions to communities around the world. He was a Kettering City Councilman and a 27-year volunteer with the trauma center of Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He died Feb. 14, 2020.
Leonard Cargan
Jan 28, 2020
Len was a caring man, committed to his community, and a wonderful storyteller with a grin and a twinkle in his eye. He died Jan. 22, 2020, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Eric Friedland
Jan 17, 2020
Dr. Friedland’s most lasting contribution to interfaith dialogue came through his leadership in establishing the Ryterband Judaics Symposium, a lecture series co-sponsored by The University of Dayton, United Theological Seminary, and Wright State University. He died Jan. 16, 2020.
Jan 7, 2020
A Vietnam veteran, Bill was an avid car racer and mechanic. He was passionate about photography and was a talented musician who played in dance bands and the 44th OVI Civil War Band. He died on Dec. 28, 2019.
Patrick Kelly
Dec 15, 2019
Pat was known for his incredible sense of humor and clever wit. This, combined with his love and knowledge of music, film, literature, and baseball, made him a delight to know. He also believed deeply in the inherent goodness of all people and was passionate about opposing discrimination in any form. He died Dec. 3, 2019.
Dick Menke
Dec 8, 2019
Dick was a volunteer fireman with the Kettering Fire Department for 31 years and received the Life Saving Merit Award in 1986.
Edward Spanier
Dec 3, 2019
Ed Spanier’s many roles at Wright State included helping to develop the medical school, as well as conceptualizing, managing the building of, and leading the operations of the Nutter Center. Among many other projects, he was especially proud of beginning a day care program for the children of university staff. He died on Nov. 28, 2019.
Maurice Kogut
Dec 2, 2019
His great joy was teaching medical students and working with his many pediatric endocrine fellows. He passed away on Nov. 25, 2019, in West Yarmouth, Mass.
Willie Gayle
Oct 18, 2019
Dr. Gayle tirelessly advocated for students with disabilities at the local, state, and national level. During his early years at WSU, he coached the wheelchair basketball team, winning two national championships. He died Oct. 16, 2019.

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