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Raymond J. Jirran Obituary
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July 18, 2018

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January 3, 2018
Dr. Raymond Jirran was my African American teacher at Thomas Nelson in late 1980's. When we first entered in his class the African American students did not like nor did we understand why he thought he was qualified. But he told the class...."it takes an abused people to teach an abused people". Dr. Jirran changed my life. I wrote an email to him a few years back because I have often spoken about how he effected my view and how I became empowered by taking his class. I thank you so much for your effect on my life. I did not know how important you would be in my life. I tried to write this before now while you were still alive, but I know you know now that you are in Heaven. Say hello to my daughter in Heaven. The girl from the ghetto who just happened to take a class that changed her direction. I am a pastor and elder and work on an amazing staff at Dayspring Church in MO. I was on a trip to Africa on the day you passed away. How ironic. I spoke of you when I was in Africa. You must be cheering me on from Heaven. God blessed all of us to have you. Love always, Sandra Beale.
November 17, 2017
Much of what I know of history started with what I learned from Dr. Jirran. He will be missed.
November 17, 2017
I was surprised to learn of both Dr. and Mrs. Jirran's passing. They will be missed and remembered as educators.

I was a student of Dr. Jirran's African American History course at Thomas Nelson Community College. I can honestly say I was surprised at the package presented to me and became indignant! I learned from Dr. "J", which he insisted his students to address him by, that I was a bit narrow-minded. After all, he studied the content at Kent State.

He became interested in my education and encouraged me to major in History and Political Science, which I did. He noticed potential in that 20 year old and pushed me to become a better researcher and writer.
Dr. Jirran kept in touch with me after Thomas Nelson, even recommending me to serve on local organizations dedicated to historical accuracy.
November 16, 2017