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Ronald Rainger LUBBOCK-Ronald Rainger, a professor of American History of Science and Technology at Texas Tech University, passed away May 25, 2016, as a result of early-onset Alzheimer's. He was a professor at Texas Tech in the History Department between 1983 and 2007. He was the recipient of many honors and awards, such as the Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986 and the Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the History Department in 1995. In 2001 he received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award. His specialty field was the History of Biology which led him to research evolution theory, paleontology, museumology, oceanography, nuclear science, and the teaching of evolution in Texas. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1949 as the son of Dan and Sylvia Rainger. After completing under-graduate work at Willamette University, he went on to the University of Utah and Indiana University, where he received his PhD in 1982. Prior to his employment at Texas Tech University, he was a teacher at Santa Fe Preparatory School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a visiting professor at University of Arizona, and a military historian at Brooke Air Force Base in San Antonio. In 2004 and 2005, he was a program officer with the National Science Foundation. He authored in 1991 An Agenda for Antiquity, Henry Fairfield Osborn at the American Museum of Natural History, 1890 to 1935. He was the author of many articles, book reviews, and presentations in the field of History of Science and Technology, and was an editor for two books on the development of American biology. The volumes created a new sub-discipline in the History of Science, the history of American biology. In 1983, he married Judy Greaves of Portales, N.M. They had six dogs in their 33 years of marriage: Farfel, Cleo, Bosco, Haywood, Max and Maizie. He is survived by his wife; and his brother, Bill, of Salt Lake City; nieces Sara Breda of San Antonio, Texas, Merril Tydings of Flagstaff, Ariz., Justine Tydings of Laramie, Wyo.; and one nephew, Ben McDaniel of Clovis, N.M.; also Tish and Mike McDaniel of Clovis, N.M., and Rebecca Helianthus of Albuquerque, N.M., and cousin, Fran Lauer. His survivors send gratitude and love to his many caregivers at Raider Ranch Memory Care, especially Debra Pugh , Josie Amarillos and Amy Rejino. Memorials in honor of Ron's life may be directed to the or the Humane Society of Lubbock, Texas, P.O. Box 65645, Lubbock, TX 79424. Friends and colleagues are invited to a celebration of Ron's life Friday, July 1, at 2 to 3 p.m. at Sanders Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas, 1420 Main Street.


Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 29, 2016
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