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    "Doc Oc" memorial statue to be dedicated

    Lauren Hennen

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: News
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    Beloved CWRU professor Ignacio Ocasio will soon have his own statue on campus.
    Beloved CWRU professor Ignacio Ocasio will soon have his own statue on campus.

    At the beginning of each school year, Ignacio Ocasio would scan pictures of the students signed up for his introductory chemistry classes into his computer. Ocasio, or Doc Oc, as he was known to his students, studied these pictures. When classes started, he knew the names of all of his students.

    "He would have 500 students, easy," said Chris Butler, a friend and colleague of Ocasio's, "But on the first day of classes, he was calling on them by name."

    Ocasio began teaching chemistry courses at Case Western Reserve University in the fall of 1980. During his time at Case, Ocasio was well-known for hosting Sunday tutorials at his house and stopping by the freshman dorms just to visit with students or help them study.

    After Ocasio's death in May of 2005, Butler says that there was a push from Case students to establish some kind of memorial for the beloved chemistry professor. The Doc Oc Memorial Committee was created in the fall of 2005 with this purpose in mind. Initially, the committee considered either offering a scholarship to an incoming chemistry student in Ocasio's honor or establishing a professorship in his name. However, the money that would have been required for both suggestions exceeded the funds that had been raised by the committee.

    Instead, it was decided that a statue of Ocasio would serve as the student's tribute to the chemistry professor. Jennifer Kalb, a former student of Ocasio's and a member of the Case graduating class of 2007, came up with idea for the statue.

    "The statue was actually inspired by a similar statue memorializing a beloved high school football coach that I saw in Grand Rapids," Kalb said.

    Once the committee had agreed on the idea of a statue, Kalb and others began researching artists. Eventually, the university hired Joseph Kinkle, a Colorado-based sculptor who had created the statue that Kalb had seen in Grand Rapids. From there, Kalb said, she and other involved students tried to put the project into motion as quickly as possible.

    "The last thing I wanted was for the statue to go in long after any student who had interactions with Doc was gone," said Kalb.

    The planning for the statue was extensive, and its progression required the efforts of students, faculty, and Ocasio's family. "A lot went into planning the project," said Adam Rupe, Undergraduate Student Government president for the 2007-2008 year. "Money had to be raised. The sculptor, the seniors, Doc's family all had to work on creating an appropriate representation of him."
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