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Summer 2005 | Volume 28, Number 2 | Faculty

SPU Bids Farewell to a Dynamic Duo

LAST SPRING, SEATTLE PACIFIC University said goodbye to Ray Myers, professor of science education, and Ruth Myers, office manager and events coordinator for the School of Business and Economics (SBE) — a duo who retired after more than 36 combined years of serving SPU. They were honored at the Faculty Retirement Luncheon on May 5, 2005.

A career educator, Ray came to SPU in 1987 after teaching for 17 years at Greenville College in Illinois. At Seattle Pacific, he trained science teachers, helped win science education grants, and piloted the initial Professional Certification program. “Ray has helped prepare a new generation of K–12 science teachers,” says Bill Rowley, dean of the School of Education. “He will be greatly missed.”

Ray’s wife, Ruth, began her tenure at SPU in 1987 as well. She has worked for all four SBE deans, doing everything from supporting the School’s Executive Advisory Council to helping organize the University’s annual Downtown Business Breakfast.

Although in different academic departments, the couple often came together in unexpected ways to support the University. When new to the job, SBE Dean Jeff Van Duzer arrived at his office around 6:30 a.m. one day only to find them already there — patching and painting a wall. He recalls, “They consistently combined their passion for SPU, their desire for community, and their love of the aesthetic in the most kind and giving way.”

Ray and Ruth recently returned to the city of Greenville. In their first year of retirement, they have a pact to make no commitments, even though they admit to the existence of a “What to Do in Retirement” list. They may eventually offer their teamwork to Craftsmen for Christ, Habitat for Humanity, and organizations that assist women and children trying to escape domestic abuse.

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