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ROTHERMEL, JOHN

ROTHERMEL, JOHN

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JOHN ROTHERMEL

ROTHERMEL, John Raymond Jr. "Ray," born October 4, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away on October 4, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Va. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna (Nelson) Rothermel; a son, Gregg Rothermel of Nebraska; daughters, Pam Sellew (Mark Sellew) of Virginia and Beth Rothermel (Mike Young) of Massachusetts; granddaughters, Amanda, Jenna and Lindy Sellew of Virginia; and his "little dog," Lucy. After serving in Korea in the Army, Ray received his B.A. in international relations from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1951. He then earned an M.S. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he met Donna, a nursing student. In 1976 he earned his Ed.D. in higher education administration from Harvard University. Ray valued service to other humans and devoted his working years to such service. He also believed in the power of education to transform lives. Early in his career he held positions with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the state of Wisconsin, the Michigan Department of Education and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. After completing his Ed.D. he served as a senior administrator for Boston State College, a public, urban institution. He went on to work for colleges and high schools in Virginia, Hong Kong, Macau and Japan. After retiring from professional positions he tutored young adults and worked on his writing. He was an avid reader of histories, reading a biography for every U.S. president. He also enjoyed fishing and walking, especially on the beaches of Cape Cod. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26, at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Horsepen and Monument). The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. with a memorial service at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Ray's name be made to Bon Secours Hospice at St. Mary's Hospital or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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