WMU News

William A. Ritchie

March 13, 2003

William A. Ritchie, professor emeritus of political science, died Feb. 28.

Ritchie retired from his post as professor in 2001, having served Western Michigan University for 37 years. Well published in professional journals, he was a contributing author of the book "The New Europe and the World," published by WMU's New Issues Press. Ritchie spoke frequently on campus and elsewhere on all manner of European history and politics.

Before joining the WMU faculty, he served as an instructor and assistant professor at the University of Delaware. Ritchie earned his bachelor's degree from Marshall University and both his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.

A memorial service is being scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Friday, April 11, in Kanley Chapel. Following the service, members of the family will receive friends at the Oaklands. Contributions may be made through the WMU Foundation to the William A. Ritchie Memorial Fund to support a student prize in political theory.

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