Former Allied Health dean Dr. Ronald Lewis Thiele died Feb. 19 in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Thiele served as dean of the School of Allied Health for 25 years, building excellence in physical therapy, audiology, epidemiology and medical records programs. He retired in 1996 and moved to Santa Rosa to be near family.
He is survived by his devoted companion, Valerie Reid of Santa Rosa, and his three children Ron Jr., Eric and Judi, five grandchildren and one great grandson. Before joining ECU, Thiele served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, as a pediatrician in Concord, Calif. and as director of Clover Bottom Hospital and School in Donelson, Tenn.