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Long time Colorado resident, Richard V. Ayre PhD 67, passed away Thursday evening June 19, 2014 at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge, MA, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. A 25 year resident of Presque Isle, Maine, Ayre was born in Hammond, Indiana on August 21, 1946, Ayre was the son of Robert S. and Barbara (Vaughn) Ayre of Boulder, Colorado. Robert Vaughan was the Dean of the Engineering School at the University of Colorado Boulder; Barbara Ayre, a force in and of herself, whose life work was associated with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Ayre retired as a Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice from University of Maine at Presque Isle on August 31, 2009, having taught at UMPI since 1983. Prior to that, he lived in Boulder, Denver and Longmont Colorado. He received his B.A. in Economics from the U of Miami in 1969, and his PhD in Sociology from the University of Colorado in 1979. Dick was an erudite, gentle, politically committed intellectual and social activist. He loved his family, friends, students, pets and social justice. He was especially fond of riding his Harley. He is survived by a sister Mary Ayre Oleary, brother-in-law Ron Brown, nephew Peter Brown, nieces Sara Ecclesine, Haruka Fenderson, Asuka Yoshii, Shizuka Nakashima and his five children- Tammie Michaud, Karen Bright, Richard, Brian, Gabriel Girard, as well as several grandchildren, grandnieces/nephews and many close loving friends and colleagues. Ayre leaves many friends in Boulder, Longmont and Denver. A memorial service will be held in Presque Isle, Maine, another in Denver in a few weeks (for information contact Rob Prince at robertjprince@comcast.net). Please make donations in Dick's memory to your local food pantry, homeless or animal shelter, to one of the Universities Dick loved or to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com.
Published in Longmont Times-Call on June 27, 2014
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