By Eric Barrier/Newswriter
Over the summer, the university lost three faculty members: an accounting professor, a retired librian and a veteran radio annoucer.
Donald Carr, a professor in the department of accounting, finance and information systems, died Aug. 10 while on vacation in Florida.
Carr had been with the computer information systems faculty since 1982.
Carr also spent 26 years in the U.S. Army and the Kentucky and California National Guards, and he brought to Eastern a strict idea of structure and set a high bar for success.
“Even 20 years ago, he was a tough professor,” Mike Hawksley, instructor and lab manager, said.
Hawksley, who was a student of Carr’s as well as a co-worker, described Carr as having a big laugh and pleasant to be around. But he added, “Tough as nails when he needed to be.”
Carr was born in Lodi, Calif. He received his bachelor’s and master’s in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis.
He joined Eastern in August of 1982 as an assistant professor, became an associate professor in August of 1987 and became a professor in August of 1998.
Carr is survived by his wife, Jan Rogers Carr; his father; three siblings; three children; and two grandchildren.
Ernest Weyhrauch, retired dean of Eastern libraries, died July 27. Weyhrauch, who served as dean of libraries from 1966-1991, oversaw the expansion of a small library into a library complex housing more than 846,000 volumes.
“To me, (Weyhrauch) was in that generation of classical academic librarians,” Lee Van Orsdel, dean of libraries, said of the man who once dressed as Santa Claus for the library’s Christmas dinner.
Van Orsdel and library Coordinator Mary Anne Dewey agreed Weyhrauch was well-liked by the staff and faculty. “He was a very compassionate person, was extremely friendly, had a great sense of humor,” Dewey said.
She added: “He was here for so long. He actually put this library together.”
Weyhrauch was born in 1926. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University and graduate degrees from Columbia University and Eastern Kentucky University. He worked for the New York Public Library before moving to his career in academic libraries. He later worked at Brooklyn College then Indiana University, where he left in 1966 to join Eastern Kentucky University.
Weyhrauch is survived by his wife, Mary Weyhrauch; two children; and six grandchildren.
Wayne Gregory, retired announcer and arts editor for WEKU, died July 26. Gregory, whose death came just days after his retirement, worked with the Richmond radio station for 18 years.
Gregory hosted classical music programs; interviewed conductors, composers and performers; and coordinated the station’s fine arts calendar. The Richmond Area Arts Council gave him its “Crescendo Award” in 2003 for his support of the local arts community.
Station manager Tim Singleton also praised Gregory for the way he connected with others. Singleton said a recurring word at Gregory’s funeral was “relationships.”
“He was very personal,” he said.
Gregory received a broadcasting degree from the University of Kentucky in 1962. He worked at a number of radio station in Richmond, Berea, Lexington and Frankfort. Before working at WEKU, Gregory worked for the Richmond Register, The Lexington Herald-Leader and the Albuquerque Tribune. He also coordinated media activities for Gov. Julian Carroll’s administration.
Gregory is survived by no immediate relatives, but Singleton said Gregory was still leaving behind a family.
“The people at the station were his family,” he said.
According to Singleton, Gregory had planned to travel and volunteer at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.
“It’s a real shame that he never got to enjoy his retirement,” Singleton said.
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