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Dr. James Sherman Ruebel

1945 - 2016
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Dr. James Sherman Ruebel, 71

Yorktown - Dr. James Sherman Ruebel, 71, dean of the Honors College at Ball State University, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in Muncie, IN.

Jim was born on August 18, 1945 in Cincinnati, OH, to George and Violet Ruebel.

He graduated from Finneytown High School in 1963 and then attended Yale University for his undergraduate studies. He completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati, earning a Ph.D in Classics and Ancient History, and started an associate professorship at the University of Minnesota. In 1978 he joined the Iowa State University faculty and obtained full professorship. He served as professor of Classics, the departmental executive officer, Classical Studies program chair, and Chair Person of the University Athletic Council.

Dr. Ruebel and his wife, Connie, moved to Muncie, IN in 2000 where he assumed the position of Dean of the Honors College at Ball State University. During his seventeen years at BSU, Dr. Ruebel served as Professor of Classical Studies, Director of the Whitinger Scholars Program and Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA and the Mid American Conference.

Dr. Ruebel was a long-standing member of the National Collegiate Honors Council Board and served as President in 2014. While serving as Dean, Dr. Ruebel oversaw the renovation of the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball residence into the new home of the Ball State Honors College.

Dr. Ruebel was active in the technology of instruction in Latin and classics. In 1994, he received an American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics. Ruebel published articles in Roman history and is the author of Apuleius: The Metamorphoses, Book 1 (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2000) and Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy (University of Oklahoma Press, 1994).

Jim was a lifelong teacher and learner, coach and mentor to countless students, as well as a youth and high school baseball coach for over twenty years.

Jim is survived by his wife of fifty years, Connie; son, Matt and his wife, Christy; and granddaughter, Kendall; and son, Jason; grandson, Gage; and Tracie Ruebel; as well as thousands of students, mentees, and close friends and colleagues.

A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Sursa Performance Hall in Ball State University's Music Instruction building (1809 W. Riverside Ave). A reception will follow at the Honors College.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ball State University Honors College, Ball Honors House (BA), room 104, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.

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Published in The Star Press on Oct. 13, 2016
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