“Former EMU provost and current professor Jack Kay dies at 63”

Sad news, I’m afraid: “Former EMU provost and current professor Jack Kay dies at 63.” Just one short quote from the EMU web site and a memory:

Jack Kay was a renowned scholar and a cherished academic colleague who served as Eastern Michigan University’s provost and executive vice president, and later as a distinguished EMU faculty member often sought by national media for his expertise on hate crimes and communication.

A few years ago, I saw a presentation that Jack gave about hate groups online at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. It was a fascinating talk, and the way that he dealt with this old dude up front who seemed to be some kind of odd neo-nazi guy was quite masterful.

3 thoughts on ““Former EMU provost and current professor Jack Kay dies at 63”

  1. I knew Jack, I thought, pretty well from my Welch Hall days, but I actually barely scratched the surface. I got to know him better in the months leading to his death by being involved in his CarePages updates and private emails back and forth with him. I second Marty’s comments and miss him already.

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