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Obituaries

Melvyn D. Goldfinger with his dog
Sep 19, 2021
Melvyn D. Goldfinger, 74, of Dayton, died on Friday, Sept. 17. Mel Goldfinger was a champion for academic freedom, shared governance, and the economic security of the faculty – the three bedrock principles of the American Association of University Professors.
James D Lucas
Sep 16, 2021
Jim was a professor of Environmental Science at Wright State University, developing the program for WSU. He worked for the State of Ohio in Public Health and helped develop and expand the program that established the appointment for health commissioners for each county in the State of Ohio. He died on Sept. 12, 2021.
James Miller Gallagher
Sep 14, 2021
From 1986 to 1995, he served as the director of the Center for Executive Development and Project Management at the Wright State University Raj Soin College of Business, where he developed, marketed and participated in the presentation of executive development programs. He passed away on Sept. 3, 2021, at Hospice of Dayton.
Herman Waggener
Aug 22, 2021
Alf flew 53 combat missions over Western Europe in 1944 including nine hours flying cover for bombers over the Normandy coast on D-Day. He was awarded several military decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medals, Army and Air Force commendation medals and a D-Day medal. He died on August 17, 2021.
Mary Rutkowski
Aug 8, 2021
Family and friends enjoyed many good meals and happy times with Mary and Bob as Mary loved to entertain and make people feel welcome in their home. Mary was an eternal optimist who always had a kind word and an open heart. She died July 30, 2021.
Claude Hambrick
Jul 25, 2021
Claude and Ruby’s greatest passion was their devotion to their Lord and to their family. They taught Bible studies and Sunday School; they supported multiple missionaries and traveled on several mission trips. He died on July 21, 2021.
Phyllis Risner
Jul 19, 2021
She received her Doctorate in Nursing Education from Miami University and taught at the School of Nursing at both Miami and Wright State University. She died on July 16, 2021.
Patricia Gilbert
Jul 18, 2021
In retirement she became a docent at the Tucson Museum of Art, where she gave talks on Japanese wood block prints and classical artists for the museum at schools, retirement homes, and organizations around the area. She died July 13, 2021.
David Wood
Jul 17, 2021
David Wood's desire not to be a part of the military industrial complex led him to make choices throughout his life and led to years of service as a teacher and mentor rather than working on research projects at a nearby air force base. He passed away July 12, 2021.
James Arehart
Jul 12, 2021
A veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve, Jim worked at NCR until 1976. He retired as the Instrument Shop Supervisor from the Wright State University College of Engineering and Computer Science in 1999. He died on July 9, 2021.

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