MAILED: Sept. 4, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Richard
D. Coy, who taught in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s College of Arts
and Sciences for 27 years, died Thursday, Aug. 30, in Eau Claire. He was 67.
Coy taught courses in
20th-century American history from 1966-93 at UW-Eau Claire. He also pursued
research in late 19th-century American political history and in the early 1990s
accepted a faculty exchange program appointment in Bielefeld, Germany.
A native of Danvers,
Minn., Coy received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, where
he was an all-conference football player. In 1955 he joined the U.S. Army and
was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, where he married Luanne Kulas. After his
service in the Army, Coy earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the
University of Minnesota. He taught at Minot State College for two years before
coming to UW-Eau Claire.
Coy was The Association of
University of Wisconsin Professionals representative to the Eau Claire Area
Labor Council, a member of the governor’s 1983 Faculty Compensation Study
Committee and 3rd District chairman of the Committee on Political Education for
nearly 20 years. He also was active in the local Democratic Party, serving as
party chair and a national convention delegate.
Coy is survived by his
wife, Luanne; his children, John Coy, James Coy, Catherine Bjork and Mary Coy;
his three grandchildren; and a brother, W. Donald Coy. He was preceded in death
by his parents and an infant daughter.
Funeral services are
scheduled for 5 p.m. today (Sept. 4) at the Newman Parish at the Ecumenical
Religious Center in Eau Claire. The Rev. John Kulas, O.S.B., will officiate. The
burial will take place 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Deborah’s Place, 2822 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 4, 2001