Ronald Wenger, PhD
November 30, 1937 – January 1, 2014
Dr. Ronald Wenger, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully at home on New Year’s Day, 2014 at the age of 76.
He was born in Trotwood, OH, on November 30, 1937, and was the only son of the late Luella and Emmert Wenger. Ron earned his Bachelor’s degree at Miami University in Oxford, OH and his PhD in mathematics from Michigan State University. He joined the University of Delaware as an assistant math professor in 1965. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science from 1971 until 1994. In 1980, he created the Mathematical Sciences Teaching and Learning Center to help enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics through collaboration with teachers throughout the state of Delaware and it still operates today. He retired from the University of DE after 40 ½ years in 2005.
Ron was a loving and active husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed attending baseball, soccer, and basketball games. He helped instill the love of travel in his family, as he and Sherry traveled the world together visiting nearly 20 countries. Prior to his ALS diagnosis, he was an avid tennis player and classic guitar student. He will fondly be remembered for his giving spirit, as he was a longtime volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Delaware Hospice. Ron had a contagious sense of humor and he faced his illness with grace and courage.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the ALS Association Philadelphia Chapter, Dr. McClusky and his staff at the University of Pennsylvania, Delaware Hospice, Laurie’s Hands, and the University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy students who helped him maintatin his good spirits and independence, as well as the many friends and students who came to visit him.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sherry Wenger; son, Brad and wife Julie and their 2 children, Andrew and Sophia, of Newark; daughter, Kelly and husband Eric, and their 2 sons, Finnegan and Copeland; and 2 sisters, Deanna Davis (Phil) of Largo, FL and Paula Linehan of Columbus, OH.
Friends are invited to call from 5 pm until 7 pm on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, 420 Willa Road, Newark, DE. Interment will be held at a later date in the Head of Christiana Cemetery, Newark, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Ron’s name be sent to the ALS Association, 321 Norristown Road, Ste. 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or to Delaware Hospice 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.