College professor's funeral arrangements set

Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Lacey, Wash. - Ray Nix, associate professor of computer science and a decorated Vietnam veteran, will be buried with military honors at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.

The ceremony will be held Monday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m., at 18600 SE 240th St. Call 206-768-5263 for directions.

A public viewing will be held prior to the burial on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The viewing will be at Rill Funeral Chapel in Port Orchard, 1151 Mitchell Ave., from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. - noon on Saturday. Detailed directions can be found at the funeral home's web site:

Memorials may be made to the Saint Martin's College office of development in his name. Flowers may be sent to the cemetery or the family's home.

Nix, 57, died June 4 at his Olalla home from a heart attack.

He had been with the Saint Martin's College faculty for 10 years. Initially, as an adjunct professor with the Saint Martin's College McChord Air Force Base Extension Campus. After eight years there, he moved to the Lacey campus as an associate professor.

"Ray was a great colleague," said Doug Ford, associate professor of computer science at the College. "His genuine concern for the personal and academic growth of his students was seen in everything he did. We will miss him."

During his career with Saint Martin's, Nix served on the Academic Computer Affairs Council, Gender Equity Task Force and volunteered countless hours to assisting the women's softball team.

Prior to coming to Saint Martin's, Nix was a senior systems analyst with Boeing Aerospace & Electronics, a senior logistics analyst with Lockheed Shipbuilding Co., and principal logistics engineer with Honeywell, Inc.

He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1980, a decorated Vietnam veteran and recognized master training specialist.

Nix is survived by his wife Barbara, his son, Aaron; and two daughters, Joan and Francesca.

For more information:
Christina Ramírez-Milhoan, communications specialist
Saint Martin's College Office of Communication
360-438-4541 or