Dr. Ronald Lee Applbaum, 62, of Pueblo, Colo., died peacefully of lymphoma on Nov. 16, 2006, with his wife of 38 years, Susan, at his side. He was a world-recognized communication scholar and lecturer, earning a Ph.D. degree in speech communication and achieving the positions of full professor, Dean of Humanities, Provost, as well as three presidencies. He served on national and international boards throughout his prolific career. Ron served as president of Word Communication Association and was proud of his numerous publications on communication. Ron leaves his sister, Denise Applbaum; beloved cousins, Joanne and Myron Mintz, Candy and Fabian Moreno; great-aunt, Marcy Hyman; mother-in-law, Trudy Stone, all of California, and his loyal pets, Anna and Snickers. Most precious are his children, Lee and Jennifer Applbaum and his grandson, Bennett Stone, all of Pennsylvania. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Irwin and Marion Applbaum and his beloved father-in-law, Irving Stone. Ron was born Dec. 14, 1943, in Charleroi, Pa. He enjoyed reading science fiction and was the ultimate 'Treky.' He had an artistic flair and enjoyed painting. He was especially fond of the Pueblo Duplicate Bridge Club. The family offers heartfelt gratitude to the staffs of Parkview Hospital, 3SW, The Rev. Roger Dorcy Cancer Center, Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice. There will be a private family interment and memorial service to be announced at a future date. The family respectfully requests, in lieu of flowers and food, donations be made in Ron's memory to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com **********************************

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  1. Please accept my condolences at the loss of your husband, father and friend. He was the President of Westfield State when I graduated in 1992… He was a gentleman’s gentleman. I am deeply sorry for your loss…

  2. Dear Mrs. Applbaum,

    So sorry for your loss. You are very special to our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    In friendship and sympathy,

    Wayne, Lori, Ty, Taneisha and Tony Pechek

  3. I saw the news on the web – I am also an Applbaum and we seem to be related. My grandparents lived fro some time in Charleroi, Pa after they made there way to the states from Europe. One of my cousins has been working on the Applbaum genealogy so it would be interesting to put you in contact with him.
    “Ha-Makom yenahem etkhem b’tokh sha ar aveilei Tzion vYerushalayim–may the Omnipresent comfort you among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

  4. Sue,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
    Kathy Orr

  5. Dear Sue, Lee, and Denise,
    We were very sadden when Denise called to inform us of Ron’s death. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    Love, Lou and Linda and family

  6. The Faculty,Staff and Students of Kean University will Miss you greatly. As a Grad Student at Kean, i was an Undergrad during Dr.Applbaum’s term in office, his dedication to his student was a great inspiration to me and my peers. Our Prayers and Love is with you and your family.

  7. Dear Susan and the Family of Ron Applbaum,

    I am a member of the history department, and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Kean University. I arrived at Kean just a year before Ron did and recall very fondly working with him on university human relations (HRRC), especially black-Jewish relations during the unstable aftermath of divisive racial events on campus. I also worked closely with Ron on an international conference at Kean called “The Genocidal Mind.” I cannot tell you how much Ron meant to me as a leader and, above all, as a mensch.

    For me, Ron instilled in higher education a warmth and natural honesty that made it a pleasure to serve the university. He was also just fun to get to know. How much he enjoyed participating in a study group I belonged to and talking about key publications in fields he cared so much about. I admired the time he chose to devote to this quiet enterprise – an expression of something very genuine and appealing.

    I want to express my deeply felt sympathies to the entire Applbaum family, but especially to Susan, whom I know but wish I had the chance to know better. I observed a special, very loving relationship you had with Ron, and that touched me. Your heartening smile and energizing intelligence inspired us all. I know this is a very difficult time for you, and I want you to know that I am thinking of you many times and am hoping for your strength and renewed grace. Please don’t feel that you need to respond, though I would love to hear from you when you feel like writing.

    Ron’s legacy at Kean is palpable, especially to those of us who shared his commitment to high standards with a human face. He will surely remain a vital part of my personal faith in good work and the kind heart.

    With warm and lasting regards,
    Dennis B. Klein

  8. Mrs. Applbaum,
    Those who live no more, whom we loved, echo still within our thoughts, our words and our hearts.

    My sincere condolences on your loss.

  9. Susan,

    In my work with Ron, I always appreciated how carefully he listened, questioned and challenged every suggestion and how rarely he
    hesitated to act and to implement those
    suggestions in the best interests of the University.

    I also appreciated how much he respected the
    governance process and how he refrained from imposing his views.

    Once when rumors were rampant and I invited him to attend a Senate meeting, he agreed only when he was assured his attendance was for clarification of his charge to a committee, and not to interfere with Senate business.

    My last conversation with Ron occurred while sitting with him before the public session of his last BOT meeting when he had invited Linda Best and me to provide an update of the GELAP program. At that time I thanked him for the stable environment he had maintained at Kean and the integrity with which he had always dealt with the University community.

    I thank him again for those unheralded strengths he brought so capably to our university.

    With sincerest condolences on your loss.

  10. Mr. Applebaum’s labor at Kean University has made a difference in my life eventhough I didn’t know him personally.

  11. My heart felt condolences on your loss. May God provide you with solace in this time of sorrow. Dr. Applbaum will be missed.

    Tony Al-Amin, MD
    Kean Alum Class of 1995

  12. To the Applebaum Family,

    I received the news today about the loss of your loved one. I just wanted to share some words of encouragement with you from the Bible. In John 3:16 it says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    May you know and experience the deep and rich love that God has for you at this time and may find peace and comfort in Him.

    Sincerely,

    Michelle D. Johnson

  13. I wanted to let you know hoe Ron helped me get through my undergraduate degree. I was on public assistance and reeducating myself and there were financial snags at school. When no one would help Ron did. He stepped in and I was able to graduate. I am now completing my Masters and I am considering my Phd. Ron was a angel when I needed one.

  14. Dear Mrs. S. Applbaum and family:
    I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your husband R. L. Applbaum.
    Mrs. Applbaum: you might not remember me, but I will never forget about your influence.
    You have changed my life by helping in admiting me into Kean U. I was very lost, but your guidance helped me sustain my goal. I achieved in 2005 a B A degree (3.5 GPA) in English/writing option. Now,I am a graduate student at Rutgers U. with an even stronger goal to attain my MFA/PhD.
    Words seem such small to your gift of inspiration. You have changed my son’s and my life.
    I bend my head in honor to you. Thank you for all the great things that you have helped me attain in life. God bless you, Mrs. Applbaum!
    Betty Modrzejewski
    2005 Kean University Alumna

  15. To the friends and family of Dr. Applbaum:
    I was a student of Dr. Applbaum’s at Kean University probably around 1998-1999, where I took a public speaking course that, as the Dean, he taught himself (with the assistance of his wife). I continue to talk about that class to this day – for all my work and educational endeavors have benefited drastically from his great contribution to the course. I am sadden to hear that he has passed but wanted to share that he is thought of often and will be missed.

  16. Susan,
    Sherry and I were very saddened by Ron’s passing. We have so many warm memories of Holidays at the President’s house and of your graciousness. You were both a great credit to Kean University. The memorial service for Ron held here this week was quite moving. It was a fine tribute to a man who had a great impact on this university. Indeed, it would not have become one without his leadership.
    Fondly, Frank and Sherry Esposito

  17. Rob and I do miss you so much. While we never knew you thru the University, we did sit at a great table of bridge with you. Both of us had the priviledge to sit as your partner, and win. The smile, always on your face will be missed, but that is the way we will always remember you. Go play bridge in heaven, and we will see you again.

  18. Dear Susan and family,

    Ron brought so many gifts to the higher education community. Although it has been many years since he was here at Pan American, many of the structures that he implemented are still in place and working effectively.

    I ran into Ron a few years ago at an ACE Meeting in Florida and we shared a cab to the hotel. It was so very good to see him and share some memories.

    Please know that many of us share in your loss and that there is much support for you and your family. If there is anything that I can do, please let me know. You are always welcome in McAllen and Edinburg.

    God bless you and your family.
    Carol Rausch
    McAllen, Texas

  19. My deepest sympathy to the Applbaum Family & Friends. Dr. Applbaum was president during my years at Kean University. He has a very uplifting spirt and inspired students to achieve the very best. He was the only President I know in todays University arena that actually interacted and meet his students. He will be missed, and remembered always. My deepest prayers and thoughts are with his family.

  20. My brother and I are very saddened to hear of Dr. Applbaum’s passing. He was an excellent President at Kean University – truly a driving force in the university’s success. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

    Kean University Alumni
    Class of 2001

  21. My condolences goes to the family of Dr. Applbaum. May you and your family be strong in these tough times. He was a great man and i will always remember him for the great things he has done for Kean University.

    Angel Figueroa
    Kean University ’99

  22. As an almuni student of Kean University, I could remember Dr.Applbaum as being a very pleasant person he had been the backbone of the university and was loved by the students.I would like the family of this great man to know that I’m sorry to hear of their loss, but he is only sleeping his spirit is in heaven where there will be no more pain or sorrow. We miss him alot but he will feel no more pain.Please be encourage, I cannot tell you that I can relate to your feelings even though I had two deaths in my family and one was quite recent, but everyone grieves differently. Dr. Ronald Applbaum will never be forgotton especially for the tremendous job that he left behind at Kean University. I had completed my bachelors degree at Kean University,therefore his signature is on my deploma I will never forget him. He has created and put much effort in the acceditation of the Master of social work program and left behind a foot print and that path the staff followed to develop and continue the MSW program that I could be able to return to Kean University to pursue my MSW. May his soul rest in peace.Again I send the family my condolences and may his peace be with you, God bless you.

  23. As an almuni student of Kean University, I could remember Dr.Applbaum as being a very pleasant person he had been the backbone of the university and was loved by the students.I would like the family of this great man to know that I’m sorry to hear of their loss, but he is only sleeping his spirit is in heaven where there will be no more pain or sorrow. We miss him alot but he will feel no more pain.Please be encourage, I cannot tell you that I can relate to your feelings even though I had two deaths in my family and one was quite recent, but everyone grieves differently. Dr. Ronald Applbaum will never be forgotton especially for the tremendous job that he left behind at Kean University. I had completed my bachelors degree at Kean University,therefore his signature is on my deploma I will never forget him. He has created and put much effort in the acceditation of the Master of social work program and left behind a foot print and that path the staff followed to develop and continue the MSW program that I could be able to return to Kean University to pursue my MSW. May his soul rest in peace.Again I send the family my condolences and may his peace be with you, God bless you.

  24. As an almuni student of Kean University, I could remember Dr.Applbaum as being a very pleasant person he had been the backbone of the university and was loved by the students.I would like the family of this great man to know that I’m sorry to hear of their loss, but he is only sleeping his spirit is in heaven where there will be no more pain or sorrow. We miss him alot but he will feel no more pain.Please be encourage, I cannot tell you that I can relate to your feelings even though I had two deaths in my family and one was quite recent, but everyone grieves differently. Dr. Ronald Applbaum will never be forgotton especially for the tremendous job that he left behind at Kean University. I had completed my bachelors degree at Kean University,therefore his signature is on my deploma I will never forget him. He has created and put much effort in the acceditation of the Master of social work program and left behind a foot print and that path the staff followed to develop and continue the MSW program that I could be able to return to Kean University to pursue my MSW. May his soul rest in peace.Again I send the family my condolences and may his peace be with you, God bless you.

  25. I’m proud to have known Dr. Applbaum during his Kean presidency. He led Kean with grace and help foster a spirit of excitement through his innovative leadership. Thank you for the memories.

  26. To the family and friends of Dr. Applebaum, it was through his leadership that Kean achieved University status and provided an exciting and comprehensive learning environment for thousands of learners. He led our institution boldy into the new millenium. He will be missed.

    Kean University Class of ’98 & ’04

  27. To the Family of Dr. Applbaum:
    Please accept my deepest condolences in your loss of Ronald. The education community has truly lost a giant.

    Respectfully,

    Chester Varner, MA
    Kean University, Class of 1985

  28. There are few individuals that stand out in my professional career that brought integrity and honesty to their leadership position. I was fortunate to work under Ron’s leadership and benefit from his insight to guide and remain true to the mission of the university.

    It is with great appreciation for his unwavering support and dedication to students, faculty and staff that I extend my sincere condolences to Sue and his family. I fondly remember so often seeing him support so many faculty and staff during his Presidency at Kean. His respect for and appreciation of diversity fostered many partnerships. His guidance has allowed me to continue my work by collaborating with many others. Diversity of people and ideas are often difficult areas to master but Ron was a light of hope and source of strength for many. His impact was great and he will be deeply missed by all.

    Richeleen Dashield and Family

  29. What does it mean to create a legacy? Dr. Applbaum has planted the seeds of legacy with each life that he touched through his university work and beyond. I am truly blessed to have been the recipient of one such seed for he was a man of excellence and faith. I thank him for his belief in my ability as a young professional and in tribute to his life I will continue to strive for excellence in my work. My fond memories and continued prayers are with the family.

  30. Mrs. Applbaum perhaps you remember me, (I am the who bought your Oldsmobile and still have it). I am deeply sorry for your loss. Dr. Applbaum was a great man!. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones.

  31. Sue,
    Dr. Applbaum did so much for Kean University and he will always be missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my condolences.

  32. The staff at Kean University sends our most sincere condolences to you and your family. Ron achieved many accomplishments during his tenure at Kean. He will surely be missed.

  33. I am a faculty member at Kean University and served during Dr. Applbaum’s presidency. I respected his work, his ability to communicate and work with our department (the Department of Occupational Therapy) and articulate the mission of our University. I want to convey my saddness at your loss and my sympathy for family and friends.

  34. Susan- My sincere sympathy for the loss of Ron. I will always remember the pleasure of working with the two of you here at Kean, and the increadible support you gave to our theatre program. He was an inspiring leader and his accomplishments here are still being enjoyed by all of us. I wish you and your son all the best and hope that your days will be better. – Dave Porter

  35. Dear Sue and family,
    Zoe and I were saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. I have many fond memories of working with him at Westfield State College as well as our monthly card games in each others homes. His home-made chili recipe was the best.
    Our thoughts and prayer are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Peter Demos,
    Professor of Music

  36. Dear Susan & Family,
    This is such a great loss to all. It is so hard to believe. You and your husband were such great supporters of all our work in
    the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean. He really was a friend.May you be comforted with the other mourners of Zion and Yerushalaem.
    All my love. Helen Walzer

  37. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PASSING OF YOUR HUSBAND. I’LL BE ATTENDING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE HERE AT KEAN ON NOV. 28,2006.

  38. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Dr. Applbaum while he was at Kean University. He will be missed.

  39. Dear Susan,

    This is such a shocking news to me, my heart goes with you at this difficult time. May Ron rest peacefully. Take care of yourself.

    In sympathy,

    Jing Gao
    Chemistry/Physics Department
    Kean Univeristy

  40. Dear Susan,

    Please accept my most sincere condolences. Ron and I started at Kean the same time and I remember him saying at homecoming that first year how he would not be happy until Kean was followed by the word “University.” He achieved that goal and so many more. Please know that Ron will live on through his many accomplishments and will be missed by all of us who worked with him.

    In sympathy,
    Lisa

  41. Dear Susan, I am shocked and deeply saddened by Ron’s passing. It’s not often one finds a mentor who is at once brilliant and compassionate. The years I spent working for and with Ron were among the best years of my professional career. I will always recall Ron’s ability to remain calm amidst the plethora of challenges a college president faces. His incisive intelligence was matched only by his charm and compassion. Although among the most accomplished educators, Ron will be most remembered as someone who was simply a “mench,” a decent, caring human being who lived his life in the service of others. Ron always was keenly aware of his Jewish heritage and took pride in his family traditions and culture. Working with Ron on a daily basis was nothing less than inspiring. My own leadership style has been greatly influenced by his. I always ask myself when confronted by a dilemma, “how would Ron deal with this?” I will keep my fond memories of Ron with me forever. I consider myself fortunate to have known Ron Applbaum.
    Dear Susan, Lisa and I are there for you….if you ever feel like reaching out, please do not hesitate. His love and respect for you is something I know you will always cherish. May Hashem comfort you and yours during this difficult time.
    Fondly, Jeffrey Glanz

  42. My heartfelt sympathy to you in your loss. I lost my husband of 37 years after a long illness, and I know the grief and pain will be softened with the love you shared and the tender memories of your life together. In fact, Ron lives on in your love and his great accomplishments done with dignity. He was a most unusual person.

  43. Dear Susan and Family
    I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Applbaum. I will always remember the support and encouragement both you and Ron gave the student members of CPTS. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  44. The Student Affairs staff At Westfield State College (MA) sends its deepest sympathy to the Applbaum family. Our hearts are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Arthur R. Jackson
    Vice President

  45. Dear Susan and Family, I am very sorry to have learned about Ron’s passing away. He was very supportive of the Jewish Faculty and Staff Association and the events that we sponsored. Please accept my condolences. Sincerely, Davida

  46. Mrs. Applbaum,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Both of you will always be members of the Kean University family and an integral part of the complexly designed tapestry that has been woven over its history. Please know that you and your famly are in my thoughts. Maria

  47. Dear Susan,
    Tom and I are so very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. On my last day at CSU – Pueblo, Ron had such kind words for me along with a big hug before I left for a new job at the University of Idaho. I will always remember his caring and compassion. He was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  48. Dear Susan,
    Perhaps you remember me, Jette, from University Relations at Kean.
    I am filled with sorrow over the news that your husband, our former President, has died much too soon.
    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

    Sincerely,

    Jette Englund
    University Relations

  49. Susan,

    We are sorry for your great loss. We commend you for your love and patience during Ron’s illness.

    We will be praying for you and your family.

    Eloy and Roni Gutierrez

  50. My husband Don Skow, myself, and our son James Scott want to express our sincere regards to the family. May God bless and keep you all.

  51. We were saddended to learn of Ron’s untimly death. As fellow Penn Staters we were very proud of Ron’s many accomplishments. We are also most appreciative of Ron’s and Susan’s outstanding leadership to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and to the institutions he served with exceptional distinction. Countless thousands of students have benefitted by Ron’s wisdom and dedication to quality and access. We are fortunate to have enjoyed Ron’s and Susan’s friendship over the years. He will be greatly missed.

  52. Sue and family, We are so sorry for your loss and for the loss to our community of your wonderful husband, Ron. Call me if I can be of any help now or in the future.
    Chris Nevin-Woods, Phillip Woods, Elisabeth and William.

  53. Dear Applbaum Family:

    I wish to express my deep sorrow at the loss of Dr. Ron Applbaum. I was so privileged to have known him and to have served with him on a committee. It was always a pleasure to speak to him as he always was engaging, intelligent, and kind. My colleagues and I at the University enjoyed the many times that he would just drop in the Aspen Leaf Dining Room and would sit and have lunch with us. During these times we looked forward to his lively conversation, wisdom, and humor and that smile that told us that the punchline was coming. I learned alot from him about personal intergrity and leadership and I will miss him.

    Sandra Bonetti

  54. Susan and Family:

    I was saddened to learn of Ron’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Fondly, Bev Desch

  55. Susan,
    It was with great sadness that I learned of Ron’s passing. You and Ron left Kean a better place- much better than when you first arrived. I was proud to play a small role as part of his management team. From my family to yours, you have our heart-felt sympathy. God bless you always.
    John Kanson (KU:1972-2001).

  56. Dear Susan,
    Please accept my sympathy in Ron’s passing. He was a solid leader for Kean and I enjoyed working with him. His appreciation for the importance of alumni to our University was instrumental to the success of our Alumni Association and the alumni program. You and he made a great team working with and for Kean. I will always fondly remember both of you. God bless you in your time of grieving.

    Sincerely,
    Caroline

  57. Dear Mrs. Applbaum and family:
    Dr. Applbaum had a positive impact on me and Kean University. I was fortunate to witness his guiding force move Kean College to Kean University. An outstanding administrator, he was an honorable man with vision and integrity. We at Kean will always be indebted to him and although I am saddened by his passing, I am fortunate to have known him and to have had the opportunity to work with him.

  58. Terri and I were saddened to read the news of President Applbaum’s death.
    He was a good leader who helped elevate Kean’s reputation as an academic institution. He will be long remembered by the kean community.

    Bernard Weinstein

  59. Dear Susan,

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Ron.

    I hope his final days weren’t too difficult for you. Hospice helps, but the process of grief and loss are still a struggle to bear.

    Prayers for Ron, you and your family.

    Warmly, Virginia Fitzsimons

  60. Dear Mrs. Applbaum,

    It was indeed an honor to drive you and President Applbaum in the Fiesta Day and the State Fair Parades.

    I always enjoyed his enthusiasm at basketball games, noting on several occasions even though he respected the referees, he vehemently disagreed with some of their calls.

    The last day President Applbaum left the Administration building, I just happen to see him waiting for you to pick him up. As we stood there for a few moments, he asked me if I would help him with his personal Web site, jazzing it up for the “younger” folks, perhaps even a Sci-Fi theme, shook my hand and said goodbye with a smile.

    The Psalmists writes, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” and in Ecclesiastes “…and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

    I believe there is a time in the future, when instead of talking with President Applbaum about Sci-Fi, we will be living it.

  61. Sue and all, It was a pleasure for me to work with Ron. He was passionate about his work and cared deeply for his family, CSU Pueblo and the community Blessings to you all. Diane

  62. Dear Susan,
    It was with shock and saddness when I heard of your husbands passing. I always believed he was a true leader within our community. My thoughts and prayers to you, your family and your pets.

  63. Dear Sue:
    Terry and I were so saddened to learn of Ron’s death. Had I known of his illness, I certainly would have been in touch with him. We enjoyed our brief, but significant times together when you were part of our synagogue and community. He was an extraordnary human being. The relationship that the two of you enjoyed together was obviously a source of great joy and fulfillment for both of you. May his memory endure as a blessing.
    Chuck Kroloff

  64. Dear Sue,

    It was with great sadness that Herb and I received the news of Ron’s passing. We remember the good times we spent together during your tenure at Kean University. Herb (retired since 2004) particularly remembers the musicales he planned at the president’s home and I recently was thinking (just last week in fact) of the day I brought a piece of my beadwork to show you and how it sparkled in the sunlight on your kitchen window sill. For me, this had to be a spiritual moment connecting us during this difficult time in your life. I hope you and your family will savor the wonderful memories of a compassionate, intelligent soul who made many contributions during his all too short existence. May his memory be a blessing.

    Ina & Herb Golub

  65. Dear Sue:

    Just a note to let you know how sorry we were to hear about Ron

    Although you were in Pueblo for just a short time , you have both touched many lives. He will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Margie and Art Hilvitz

  66. I will remember Dr. Ronald Applbaum as the first university president that I worked along with when I began my career and entered the field of Student Affairs at Kean University. May peace be upon and God Bless your family.

  67. To Dr.Applbaum’s family:My sincere prayer goes out to the High Spirit so that all of you are truly consoled in your grief.Dr.Applbaum was our president at Kean Univ and he is fondly remembered by our univ community.May God bless you all.

  68. As a professor at Kean University, I just wanted to express my condolences to you and your family. I am remembering you in prayer, as decisions that we make here on earth affect the life we have after death.
    Your husband was committed to our University, and I thank both of you for all that you have done to help put “Kean on the map”.

    Warmly, Carolyn W. Carmichael, Ph.D.
    Kean University, Union, NJ 07083

  69. On behalf of the Kean University Political Science Department, I wish to pass on our sincere condolences on your loss. Ron was a terrific President at Kean who always conducted himself with dignity and grace. He will be missed.

  70. Dear Susan
    Charlee and I were shocked to learn of Ron’s passing. You two were a terrific team and I can only imagine how difficult this is for you. Take comfort in the legacy to higher education and to your family that Ron leaves. You both will be in our prayers.
    May Ron’s memory be a blessing to us all.
    Sincerely,
    Marty and Charlee

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