Retirees Association


Clark Beck
Jun 20, 2020
Clark Beck came to Wright State following a 33-year career as a civilian research engineer manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. At the university, he founded and served as the first director of Wright STEPP, a science and engineering pre-college program for at-risk students in the Miami Valley. He died June 14, 2020.
Bill Rickert
Jun 6, 2020
In 45 years at Wright State, Bill was a tenured professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and served as Acting Dean, Associate Dean, and finally as Associate Provost. Many may remember his role as “Lord of the Manor” at the WSU annual Madrigal Dinner for over 30 years. He died on June 3, 2020.
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.
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.
Feb 4, 2020
Inder Khera was a Professor of Marketing at Wright State University for 35 years. He also served as a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad, India. He died on Jan. 31, 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.