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Ronald Wright J.D. ’74 was born on Sept. 18, 1936, in Coffeyville, Oklahoma, and was later raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from Turner High School in 1954 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1958. Shortly afterward, he married Connie, whom he met at a sailing regatta in Annapolis. Ron was then commissioned as a Marine Corps officer and received basic training in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Marine base in 29 Palms, California, where his first two children were born. His next assignment was to the Marine Barracks in Subic Bay, Philippines, where the family lived for two years, enjoying trips to Hong Kong and Japan provided by the military. Ron then returned to 29 Palms for a year before his admittance to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he studied electronics. His primary hobby was photography, and he took many photos while in Europe and various U.S. cities while accompanying Connie on her trips to business conferences. His other main interest was sailing, and he sailed in San Francisco Bay on his 27-foot boat for nine years. He was also interested in local politics and served on the local school board. He spent many hours participating in his children’s many activities and sporting events and took many camping trips with the family. In 1976, Ron graduated from Santa Clara School of Law. He was asked by a friend to work in Washington, D.C., and the family moved to that area, where he worked in the Department of Justice and at the Credit Union Administration. Six years later, the family returned to the West Coast, settling in Santa Cruz, California, where Ron installed the first computers in the local school district. He continued to travel, visiting Australia, New Zealand, and many towns in Mexico. Later he opened a small travel agency, giving sightseeing tips to prospective travelers. His next move was to the Seattle area, where he worked on computer systems for Litton, a transportation agency, for seven years. He was introduced to kayaking by a local group and enjoyed trips to Canada. Finally, he moved to Grass Valley, California, where he enjoyed retirement, kayaking on many out-of-town and local lakes, and hiking on numerous local trails. He also took guitar and art lessons and joined the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, working on numerous projects and serving as a driver for the Interfaith Food Ministry. Ron departed this life on June 24, 2017, in Grass Valley and is survived by his wife, Connie; four children: Ron Jr., Patrick, Marcia, and Chris; as well as five grandchildren: Michaela, Sarah, Alex, Mary, and Madeline.