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Ohio University mourns the loss of former associate dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Marissa McDaid and Colleen Carow | Jul 18, 2019

Ohio University mourns the loss of former associate dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Marissa McDaid and Colleen Carow | Jul 18, 2019

The Ohio University community mourns the loss of Roger Radcliff, former associate dean of academics and professor of electrical engineering at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

“Roger cared deeply about his students, but he held them to high standards. He understood the value of extracurricular activities and served as the faculty adviser for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for a long while,” said Dean Emeritus Dennis Irwin, a friend of Radcliff’s since 1986. “When he was hospitalized in Columbus many years ago, as soon as he awakened, the first thing he asked for was his laptop. He wanted to contact his students. They were his dedication, his passion, his reason for being.”

A Russ College faculty member for more than 30 years before his retirement in 2011, Radcliff served as interim, associate and graduate chair of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), as well as and director of graduate programs. He was a recipient of the Russ Award for outstanding research in the college and advised the student chapter of SWE. A licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio, he also served as director of the Ohio Space Grant Consortium and was a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow.

"I had the pleasure of working with Roger for about 20 years,” said Chair of EECS David Juedes. “Roger was a great colleague – bright and hard-working, but funny and down-to-earth. I appreciated his no-nonsense take on academics and life. He will be greatly missed."

Fellow colleagues noted that under his tough exterior, Radcliff was a kind and generous man with a sharp wit, who was also a mentor.

“I knew Roger for more than 40 years, first as a member of his graduate committee and then as a fellow faculty member,” said Herman “Butch” Hill, former EECS faculty member and director emeritus of the Cutler Scholars Program. “He was brilliant, had a great sense of humor and was a loyal friend. I will always be grateful for his urging me to join the faculty of Ohio University.”

Others also noted that Radcliff loved making people laugh, and entertained friends and family members with his jokes.

“Roger was one of the first colleagues I got to know when I joined Ohio University in 1988. He had a great sense of humor, and we had many enjoyable conversations on wide-ranging topics,” said Professor of EECS Jeff Dill. “We also enjoyed playing basketball together with students in the old Grover Center gym. As attested by his students, he had a gift for making his electromagnetics classes engaging and understandable.”

Radcliff was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and his alma mater's team, the West Virginia University Mountaineers, having earned doctoral, master’s and bachelor degrees in electrical engineering there. A 3rd Degree Mason and member of Paramuthia Lodge 25 Free Masons, he was also a member of the American Legion Post 21.

A memorial service was held on Sun., July 14, at Jager and Sons Funeral Home in Athens, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society for the Blind, 1238 S Street, Sacramento, California, 95811.