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SherryHall
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« on: January 31, 2015, 03:08:10 PM »

This came across my screen today.  Jack was the coach of the NDT Tournament director, John Fritch at Nebraska.

Dr. Jack Kay, twice graduated from Wayne State University, championed student academic success and the study of communication throughout a thirty year career in higher education
January 30, 2015

DETROIT (30 Jan., 2015)  – With great sadness, Wayne State University announces the death of Dr. Jack Kay who passed January 30, 2015, at age 63.

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. He was a member of the nationally recognized WSU debate team and coached the team as a graduate student. He was an associate professor of speech communication at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he also served as director of debate and forensics. In 1990 he returned to his alma mater, Wayne State, as a professor of communication and department chair.

Dr. Kay will be remembered for his efforts to promote a culture of student academic success, international activity for students and increasing community engagement. He inaugurated Wayne State’s annual Student Academic Success Summit, established the Study Abroad Office, and was a member of the Anthony Wayne Society.

As a communication teacher-scholar, Kay was extensively published in the fields of argumentation, rhetoric and political communication. He researched and spoke on issues such as race, diversity and the language of oppression. He frequently presented on Anti-Semitism on the internet and hate in cyberspace. His publications include the book Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy, book chapters, journal articles, and many newspaper editorials. His contribution to doctoral advising was recognized with the Wayne State University Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 1998.

In 2005, Kay accepted an appointment as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at University of Michigan – Flint, where he later served as interim chancellor. In 2009 he was named provost and executive vice president at Eastern Michigan University. In 2011 he moved from administration to a professorship in EMU’s Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts.

He was a past president of the Central States Communication Association, the Michigan Association of Speech Communication, the Nebraska Speech Communication Association, and Delta Sigma Rho / Tau Kappa Alpha.

Services are being arranged through Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, MI; (248) 569-0020. Donations may be made in honor of Dr. Kay to support the Jack Kay Award in Speech at Wayne State University. To make a gift, visit pivotalmoments.wayne.edu or forward donations to Wayne State University Fund Office, 5475 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 28,000 students.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 03:09:46 PM »

From: Michael Alberty

A good man.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2015, 03:10:13 PM »

From: Susan McLain

I was lucky and honored to serve with both Jack and Ruth Kay on the National Policy Topic Selection Committee for the last 30 plus years. Jack Kay ... Top notch, wonderful, enjoyable to work with in all areas! My thoughts are with Ruth and their daughter.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2015, 03:10:34 PM »

From: Marilyn J. Young

a great loss.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2015, 03:11:08 PM »

From: Craig Dudczak

Sorry to learn of Jack's passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2015, 03:11:34 PM »

From: Shawnalee Whitney

So sorry to hear about this. Thank you, Steve Hunt, for sharing it here. He made many contributions to our field.
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2015, 03:12:00 PM »

From: Donny Peters

Sad day. Dr. Kay was a great person.
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2015, 03:13:20 PM »

From: Mike Bauer

his saddens me greatly, Jack was very supportive of me in my early days and did nothing but support me in debate and CSCA. My deepest sympathies. It makes me so sad to see my "mentors" pass.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2015, 06:42:35 PM »

From: BK Walker with John Fritch and 2 others at Illinois State University

In memory of Dr. Jack Kay, Director of Forensics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 1987 National Debate Tournament - (from left) John Fritch, Dr. Kay, assistant coach Matt Sobnosky, me. Early on in the school year, before the first tournament at Northern Iowa, Jack asked John and I what we wanted to accomplish that year. We were completely aligned - final four or better at both the NDT and Heart of America. For a school that had never had a pre-bid to the NDT or cleared a team to elims at either national event, that was fairly brazen - but Jack never batted an eye. He just made sure we lived up to it. There are no words to express what that has meant to me over the years.
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2015, 06:43:39 PM »

From: John Fritch

He told us after our first year we could get to semis...not clear...not finals or win...semis. I still shake my head over that.
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2015, 06:44:05 PM »

From: Tom Hollihan

A true loss to our discipline and to his family and friends. He will be missed.
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2015, 06:44:31 PM »

From: Michael Overing

There are lots of reasons why each of us is involved with debate. Jack is one of mine. He was a committed coach, teacher and mentor. Six months ago I had a great conversation with him about debate, his research, his family, and his health. He mounted a valiant fight these past many months. We lost a good coach.
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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2015, 06:46:05 PM »

From: Karen Mitchell

I had not heard that Jack had passed. I remember meeting him at SIU when I was a freshman. Marv Kleinau adored Jack. Sorry for your loss, John.
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2015, 08:10:30 AM »

From: Stefan Bauschard

This is terrible new. Jack was a regular fixture at the high school topic meeting and always made huge contributions.
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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2015, 08:10:53 AM »

From: David Rhaesa

After I decided to go to Baylor for the MA, I talked to Parson. (I always seemed to talk to him after the fact). He'd been talking to Jack about me studying up at Nebraska. Always wondered how my world would've changed if I'd headed north instead of south.
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