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Dr. O. 'Gayle' Manion, distinguished faculty member, administrator and leader at UW-Superior, passed away Thursday (May 1, 2014) at the age of 93 with his family at his side.
He was a dedicated faculty member who had a vision for the future and how students could connect with higher education both on campus and in their community.
Dr. Manion graduated from the University of Idaho-Moscow with a BS degree in English and drama in 1942, a master's degree in English in 1948 and a Ph.D from the University of Michigan in Speech in 1953.
He began his teaching career on campus in 1952. Besides instruction, he also served as chairman of the communicating arts department, dean of fine arts and also founded and served as dean of UW-Superior Continuing Education and Extension programs.
Dr. Manion also led the planning of the Holden Fine Arts Building, which houses a theatre named in his honor. It was built in 1972 with a cost of $4.5 million and at the time was the largest building on campus, home to art, music and speech departments. He retired as a Professor Emeritus in 1983.
"The Communicating Arts Department owes much of its history and current success to Professor Emeritus Manion," said Dr. Martha J. Einerson, professor and chair of communicating arts. "Not only did he build this phenomenal department, he supported all of us throughout his retirement years. We will all miss him dearly--his sense of humor, support of our work, and beautiful way of finding good in so many people."
Aside from his accomplishments at work he enjoyed fun at his summer home on Lake Nebagamon. His other interests included fishing, reading, golfing and woodworking and spending time with his family.
A visitation will take place today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Downs Funeral Home in Superior.
An 11 a.m. service will be held Tuesday at Faith United Methodist Church on Hughitt Avenue in Superior.
Gayle is survived by his wife of 68 years, Louise, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family requested that memorial gifts in his honor be directed to the UW-Superior Foundation or Faith United Methodist Church.
Information from the Downs Funeral Home website was used in this story.
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