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James Nicholas Rash

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James Nicholas Rash passed to his eternal rest on Saturday, May 31, in the presence of his wife (Diana Browning), at their home in Fairview. He was born March 2, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Nicholas and Anne (Segan) Rash. He had one daughter, Nellie Browning, who currently resides in Philadelphia.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Jim is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Kenneth Cook of Overland Park, Kansas; their sons Brian (Kelly) Cook and Brad (Kara) Cook; an aunt (Elsie Gensur) of Highland Heights, Ohio; and several cousins in the Cleveland area.

Jim graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969, with highest honors in Classics. He served in the Navy as the director of the financial section of the USS Proteus, stationed in Guam, for which he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. In 1977, he received his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University and went on to teach Classics at Yale University and Wellesley College. In 1984, he became the Vice President for Business Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville, where he served until his retirement in 2011.

Baptized and confirmed in the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church, Jim attended Roman Catholic churches from childhood on, and always had a strong interest in Church history, theology, literature, and music. In 2002, he became an Associate of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, in Erie.

His hobbies were train travel and history, the history of thoroughbred horse-racing, Civil War history, and stamp-collecting.

Friends may call at Brugger Funeral Home & Crematory, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 East 38th Street, Erie, Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska (1312 Peger Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709), or to The Regional Cancer Center (2500 West 12th Street, Erie, PA 16505).

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Published in the Erie Times-News on June 4, 2014
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