Retirees Association

Obituaries

Patrick Campbell
Aug 16, 2019
Patrick was noted for his humorous and engaging lecture style. He was a lifelong learner and a genuine intellectual with wide knowledge on a variety of subjects. Although he had a successful academic career, Patrick’s life was defined by his devotion to family. He enjoyed reading, music, dance, cooking, and photography, but his favorite activity was presiding over family dinners at his home. He died on Aug. 8, 2019.
Bonnie Mathies
Aug 12, 2019
Bonnie Mathies served as Lake Campus dean from 2010 until she retired in 2016. During her tenure, the school experienced surging enrollments, a nearly doubling of bachelor-degree programs (including engineering, nursing, & business), construction of the first residence halls and the purchase of nearly 40 acres for expansion. She died Thursday, August 8, 2019, in the Wayne Healthcare Hospice Center in Greenville with her family at her side.
Mae McDonald
Aug 11, 2019
Mae enjoyed gardening, music, string instruments and especially quilting; she and her sisters made many quilts over the years, gifted to family and friends who cherish their design and craftsmanship. She died August 7, 2019.
Richard Garrison
Aug 9, 2019
Dr. Garrison was a proud member of the Ohio National Guard, serving in the 180th Medical Group, Toledo, and an avid aviator, commercial pilot and flight instructor, flying single and multi-engine airplanes, helicopters, and gliders. passed away at home surrounded by his family on July 30, 2019.
Jul 26, 2019
Mark was a proud academic who enjoyed teaching and debating world cultures and religion with colleagues, students and friends, and he was quite the entertainer at the family dinner table. He loved scenic drives through the mountains, countryside and the coasts, In & Out Burger, Maryland-style steamed crabs, cold beer, dry martinis with green olives, the song parodies of Allan Sherman, and the WYSO Celtic music show “The Dear Green Place,” among many other things. He died on July 18, 2019.
Marcia Olsen
Jul 18, 2019
Marcia Olsen was the secretary to the university’s senior vice-president, in addition to playing a major role in the university's United Way Campaign. As one of her friends said about her, “She is a loving, caring, intelligent, articulate, witty woman.”
Jun 17, 2019
Richard Grewe, who served as director of safety at Wright State in the 1970s, died June 14, 2019, in Sydney, Ohio.
Donald Jacobson
Jun 14, 2019
Don Jacobson, who died June 9, 2019, was remembered as a very kind, well-read man who was intensely interested in the world around him.
Dorothy Miller
Jun 10, 2019
Dorothy Miller, who retired in 1991, enjoyed annual vacation misadventures and legendary pranks with her ‘Golden Girl’ friends from WSU’s Admissions Office: Charlene Sweet, Marilyn Adamo, and Ruth Kurieger. She died on May 31, 2019.
Carolyn Ulmer
Jun 1, 2019
She loved reading, flowers and gardening. She loved to sew and her clothes looked like they came from a store. She loved music, especially Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and Jerry Butler, but her favorite song was “How Great Thou Art.” She died May 20, 2019.

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