Message of condolence on the death of William Ruoff '77

Dear Cornellians,

It is with deep sadness that I share news of the death of William Ruoff, a member of the Class of '77 in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a member of a family with many ties to Cornell. William died suddenly on Tuesday, May 12, in Ithaca.

William grew up in Ithaca while his father, Arthur Louis Ruoff, was a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell. While at Cornell, William was a member of the Big Red varsity wrestling team. He graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1978. Two of William's four brothers are also Cornell graduates, and his son, Eric, will graduate this year from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His daughter, Anna-Marie, is a veterinary student in California.

On behalf of the entire university community, I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Ruoff family and friends. I ask all of you to keep William and his family in your thoughts as we acknowledge this unfortunate loss to our extended Cornell family.


Charles D. Phlegar
Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development

Jim Mazza
Associate Vice President for Alumni Affairs

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