Rams remember passed alumni and faculty

ASU honors the lives of alumni and faculty who passed away

By Christian Hunick
On October 26, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
ROTC members present the colors at the beginning of the Ram Remembrance Ceremony. This was the third annual ceremony that honors members of the Ram Family that have passed away within the last year.

Friends and family of departed ASU alumni and faculty gathered Oct. 24 to take part in the third annual Ram Remembrance Ceremony.

The ceremony commemorated all of those in the Ram family who have passed away as of last year.

In previous years, Ram Remembrance was held in the Legrand Alumni Center, but this year it took place in the CJ Davidson Conference Center to accommodate the higher number of attendees.

"The good part about human life is that their spirit, their face, can always be in your mind’s eye; and their feeling and their character can live in your heart," ASU President Dr. Brian May said.

Music was performed by the ASU String Quartet as guests took their seats.

The opening and welcome was given by Student Government Association President Tristan Fielder, who was followed by Dr. May.

May gave his condolences to the friends and family of the Rams who passed away.

"You always want one more chance to say goodbye, and so when we started this three years ago, we thought about how we could capture everyone who has passed in our family, and so we came up with Ram Remembrance," May said.

ASU Alumnus Mark Cooper led the singing of the alma mater, followed by a poem read by Dr. Laurence E. Musgrove, chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages.

"Fiat Lux," ASU’s motto meaning "let there be light," was the theme of the night.

Dr. Karen Cody of the Department of English and Modern Languages read aloud the names of the departed.

Friends and family went to the front and placed a candle on an alter when their loved one’s name was called.

Once every name had been read, audience members paid their respects by lighting blue candles.

Following the candle lighting ceremony, ASU Instructor of Political Science Manny Campos performed "It Is Well" by Horatio Spafford.

Afterward, the spirit bell was rung once for each of the 73 Rams who were lost.

Dr. Terry Maxwell of ASU’s Biology Department was one of the faculty members who was recognized at Ram Remembrance. Maxwell passed away on April 25, 2017 at the age of 71.

"He was really close to all of us," said Fielder. "He retired years ago, but has been a professor emeritus since then, and he was dear to a lot of us."

Maxwell’s legacy, as well as the legacy of all those departed from the Ram Fam, will be remembered by both students and staff.

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