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Information Technology and Administrative Management

College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Ray Spencer, in memoriam

We are deeply saddened to let you know about the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Ray Spencer.

Few can equal Ray’s love of teaching and his complete dedication to helping students. He was passionate about cybersecurity, striving to make the material engaging and enjoyable. A glance at his bookshelf would reveal close to 60 texts on the subject. He devoted his free time to researching current cybersecurity situations to turn them into discussions and assignments for his students, bringing the material to life by linking it to the world surrounding his students.

Before finding his home in Washington, Ray lived off the grid in Northern Minnesota for 10 years. A true outdoorsman, he had his personal piece of heaven: a couple hundred acres of pristine wilderness next to thousands of acres of forest. He reveled in the winters, loving to cross-country ski, and he filled the other seasons with biking and hiking on the trails.

An avid whitewater kayaker, the Skagit River was particularly special to him. He met his wife, Kathy McGee, on that river, and it was where they got married (in kayaks, of course). It is also where 25 of his closest family and friends joined last Friday for an impromptu memorial service. They scattered his ashes in three places according to his wishes and paddled the eight-mile section where he and Kathy first learned to kayak.

Ray lived life to the fullest; possessed of a keen intellect, a wry sense of humor, and a deep curiosity about the world. He was the soul of generosity in every way, and we will sorely miss him. 

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