Wayne Losano
1940 - 2021
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Wayne Losano
Gainesville. - Wayne Losano died suddenly on March 9 at his home in Gainesville. Born in New Hampshire in 1940, he grew up in Amesbury, Massachusetts and graduated as class president from Amesbury High School in 1958. He then attended Boston College with the intention of going on to seminary studies, but soon changed his mind and major. After college he taught high school in Massachusetts and met his first wife, Ellen Wampler, in 1966. Their daughter, Tonia Jaqueline, was born in 1968. In 1970 the three moved to Cambridge, New York so Wayne could pursue a doctorate in Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned his Ph.D. He then joined the faculty at the University of Florida and taught courses on technical and business writing for the next 35 years, earning a reputation for his exacting standards, wit, and generosity as a mentor and advisor (he admitted his courses were notorious for their rigor). He spent two years as head of Technical Writing at Queensland University in Australia and, upon returning to Gainesville, served as Associate Dean for Academic Advising at UF. He was Associate Professor Emeritus after his retirement in 2007 and worked for another decade as an editor for Jones Edmunds in Gainesville. A lover of good writing, during the pandemic he had worked his way through a list of the top 100 Victorian novels, rereading even the most daunting works with gusto and recommending his favorites to friends and family. A lifelong naturalist with an equal passion for flora and fauna, he enjoyed gardening, creating a butterfly garden that maximized species diversity. He was a lifelong animal lover and adopted 17 rescue Rottweilers over a 30-year span. Along with his beloved wife of 30 years, Mary Ann Eaverly, a professor of Classics at UF, he loved trying new restaurants and was always eager to share recommendations. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and many friends.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2021.
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April 6, 2021
Dr. Losano was one of my favorite professors - I took several of his classes, and he was so encouraging of me. He even gave me my first paid gigs, editing masters theses as an undergrad. I’ve enjoyed a career in writing, editing, and now publishing, thanks in part to Dr. Losano’s teachings and mentoring. I’m grateful to have known and learned so much from him.
Tamara Perry-Lunardo
Student
April 5, 2021
Wayne was like no one else, memorable and beloved for his wit, irreverence, and generosity. We enjoyed his company and that of Mary Ann for shared meals and special occasions. A dear man and true friend, our “Eeyore” will be missed. He enriched the world by his presence, a thought that would surely have surprised him, though not us.
Marina Oshana and David Copp
Friend
April 3, 2021
Wayne Losano was a very kind, witty and generous man. I had many wonderful experiences working with him. I attended his wedding to Mary Ann. My children commented on how nice and pleasant he was whenever or wherever they saw him. He loved good food. He loved dining out and on occasion I would prepare side dishes for him. My youngest remembered the delicious Lobster Pie he baked .We shared a lot of fun times in 358 Litte Hall. I was truly surprised when he came and spoke at my Retirement Party a few years ago. He was my friend and I will miss him. My condolences to Mary Ann, Tonia and the family. May the Lord continue to Bless and keep you.
SHERREL J BROCKINGTON
Friend
April 3, 2021
We always enjoyed running into Wayne and Mary Ann while trying out new restaurants. Always a pleasure! He, his smile and his humor will sorely be missed.
Stephanie A. Smith
Coworker
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