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Wendell G Rayburn Sr.

May 20, 1929 December 27, 2016
Wendell G Rayburn Sr.
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Obituary for Wendell G Rayburn Sr.

Wendell G. Rayburn Sr., Ed.D, age 87, veteran U.S. Army, Korea, died in his sleep December 27, 2016 at his home in Oak Park. Dr. Rayburn was vice president, secretary-treasurer and senior associate of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in Washington, DC, from 1996-2006. In retirement, he remained a director of the AASCU Pension Center for Professional Development. Dr. Rayburn held successful presidencies at Savannah State College (1980-1988) in Savannah, Ga., and Lincoln University (1988-1996) in Jefferson City, Mo. At Savannah State College, he oversaw the implementation of the Georgia Board of Regents’ mandatory desegregation plan. A former academic dean at the University of Louisville, he also held senior level positions at the University of Detroit. He served as a facilitator and faculty member of AASCU New Presidents and Experienced Presidents academies. A former science teacher and administrator for the Detroit Public Schools, he had a special understanding of teacher education and program development for minority and disadvantaged students. He was a Presidential appointee, Board of International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD), Board of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and chair, Missouri Council on Public Higher Education, the first to serve two consecutive terms. In 1993, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Wayne State University Alumni Association. He was a board member of the Rotary Club of Oak Park and River Forest and former President of the Jefferson City, MO and Savannah, GA Rotary Clubs. In Oak Park he served as a board member of the Hemmingway Foundation. He was the beloved husband of Gloria A. Rayburn; loving father of Mark (Eland Tooley) Williams, Rhonda Rayburn and Wendell G. (Terrie) Rayburn Jr.; cherished “G-pa” of Taylor, Carter and Sydney Rayburn and Nia Nau; dear brother of Lynette Payne and Charles (Martha) Rayburn; fond uncle, cousin and friend of many. Dr. Rayburn was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and mentor to many. He will be remembered as a warm, kind and loving man. Visitation Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until time of Requiem Eucharist 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church 924 Lake St., Oak Park. Interment Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rotary Foundation (Rotary.org) are appreciated

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Visitation

Saturday

31

Dec

9:30 AM 12/31/2016 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/31/2016 11:00:00 AM
Grace Episcopal Church

924 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Grace Episcopal Church
924 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

Requiem Eucharist

Saturday

31

Dec

11:00 AM 12/31/2016 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 12/31/2016 12:00:00 PM
Grace Episcopal Church

924 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60301

Grace Episcopal Church
924 Lake St. Oak Park 60301 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Concordia Cemetery Final Resting Place

7900 Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130

7900 Madison St. Forest Park 60130 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Rotary Foundation

14280 Collections Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60693
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