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February 11, 2018
Vernon, or Papa as I have always called him, was truly a great man. He was extremely intelligent and driven in his career, but being there for his family was always his number one priority. Beginning when I was very young, I remember, with great fondness, working on building and engineering projects with Papa, including building tree houses, pinewood derby cars, and science fair projects. I will also never forget the quality time I got to enjoy with Papa while I was in Gainesville for college. I would stay at Nana and Papa's house for a break from the dorms or when I was homesick, and Papa would always be more than happy to chat and make a wonderful breakfast for his almost perfect angel, as he always called me. Papa is sorely missed, but remembered with great joy.
February 10, 2018
Vernon P. Roan, a/k/a PaPa was one of a kind. For those of you who knew him as an engineer, scientist and/or well respected professor, I would love to share how loving and sweet he was to his family who he adored with all his heart.

During his many travels, he would take the time to handpick postcards to send to all his grandchildren (including my daughter who he accepted with open arms when we joined the family in 1996.) Every card included beautiful messages about the city or country he was visiting. When "Furby" was the gift of the year, it was PaPa, who was on business in Washington D.C., who searched stores to help us find Furbies knowing the smile it would bring to his granddaughter's faces ... and he succeeded.

He showed us the meaning of love by the way he cherished his wife every day. Later on in years when they moved to South Florida, she broke her hip and while in the hospital, he would wake up early to bring her everything she needed and would sit with her all day to assure she was never alone. Through sickness & in health, he would never leave her side .

By watching Shannon & Ron, I can only imagine what a excellent father he was to raise such caring children. PaPa had a way of making every one feel special and important in their own way. He warmed our hearts with his love.

He is missed dearly every day.
February 10, 2018
Vernon P. Roan, a/k/a PaPa was one of a kind. For those of you who knew him as an engineer, scientist and/or well respected professor, I would love to share how loving and sweet he was to his family who he adored with all his heart.

During his many travels, he would take the time to handpick postcards to send to all his grandchildren (including my daughter who he accepted with open arms when we joined the family in 1996.) Every card included beautiful messages about the city or country he was visiting. When "Furby" was the gift of the year, it was PaPa, who was on business in Washington D.C., who searched stores to help us find Furbies knowing the smile it would bring to his granddaughter's faces ... and he succeeded.

He showed us the meaning of love by the way he cherished his wife every day. Later on in years when they moved to South Florida, she broke her hip and while in the hospital, he would wake up early to bring her everything she needed and would sit with her all day to assure she was never alone. Through sickness & in health, he would never leave her side .

By watching Shannon & Ron, I can only imagine what a excellent father he was to raise such caring children. PaPa had a way of making every one feel special and important in their own way. He warmed our hearts with his love.

He is missed dearly every day.
December 15, 2017
Dr. Roan was the advisor to the SCORE (Student Competitions On Relevant Engineering) project participants. He advised us on a wind energy project during my time at UF in the 70's. I am fortunate to have been mentored by such a fine individual. RIP Dr. Roan.

Chip Beckham
BSME '78
November 28, 2017
I first met Dr. Roan in 1985 when he was my professor for Jet Aircraft and Spacecraft Propulsion. He was instrumental in helping me find my first job with Pratt & Whitney. Later, he was extremely helpful as the graduate coordinator when I was completing my M.E. and Ph.D. degrees. I always found him to be a kind person and a calming influence--he could be very firm without being intimidating. My condolences to the family. With deepest sympathy, Keith.
October 27, 2017
Dr. Roan was my professor at the University of Florida in 1969 and 1970. He was a great inspiration to me and made me want to be a better student and engineer. He always made the time to help students that needed a little extra help. His experiences at Pratt Whitney were often related to his students and brought the practicality of engineering to the classroom. He will be missed.
October 26, 2017
Professor Vernon Roan was my mentor and adviser for my PhD at UF. He will be sorely missed. He was a fantastic researcher and he certainly helped shape me and others who benefited from his tutelage and his extensive knowledge. I am a better person because I knew him. My deepest condolences to his loved ones. RIP Prof. Roan
October 16, 2017
It was an honor to work with Dr. Roan in the Mechanical Engineering Department many years ago. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 13, 2017
Dr. Roan was a true engineer's engineer. His personal example and teaching prowess made me want to be an engineer. He personally helped me when I struggled with his class. He agreed to be my Graduate Advisor in 1970. I was a student in 1969-1970 and truly enjoyed his classes and mentoring.
Life circumstances (Vietnam) prevented me form attending UF for my graduate studies.
I think of him often and know that my life was enriched by knowing this man.
My sincere condolences to the family.
May he rest in peace.
October 10, 2017
RIP Vernon, you will be missed. Your warm sense of humanity, your humor, your dignity, your intellect...not to mention some wonderful racquetball games back in the day. A life well lived.

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