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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1965 - 2015)

The Humanities Center joins the rest of the Wayne State Community in mourning the passing of Dr. Jack Kay on January 30th, 2015.

Dr. Jack Kay was a valuable member of Wayne State University's administration and faculty for fifteen years. His administrative appointments at Wayne State included chair of the Department of Communication, two terms as interim dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, interim dean of the former College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, associate provost for assessment, retention and global education, and associate provost for student services.

"This is a significant loss to our community," noted Provost Margaret E. Winters. "Jack was the quintessential Wayne State teacher-scholar. He came from a modest background and worked tirelessly to overcome barriers, prejudices and injustice so that others might benefit from higher education." Jack Kay earned an undergraduate degree in speech and political science at Wayne State University in 1974. He earned a master's degree at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in 1975 and a PhD in communication at Wayne State University in 1979.

While at WSU, Dr. Kay was a frequent participant in Humanities Center programs.

May he rest in peace.

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