Dr. Regis Q. McKnight, 73, of Wadsworth passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013. He was born June 11, 1940 in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
He graduated from Penn State University in 1962 with a BS in elementary education. He continued his studies at Penn State, completing his Masters Degree with a principal’s certificate in 1968 and his Doctor of Education with a superintendent’s certificate in 1971. He enjoyed a long and productive career as an educator with positions as an elementary school teacher, principal and ultimately became Assistant Professor in Elementary Education at the University of Akron, Akron, OH. During his tenure there he was promoted to Associate and then Full Professor where he taught Master’s level Social Studies Methods courses and curriculum courses for teachers in the field. His special interest was in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Education. He enjoyed the opportunity to teach abroad, traveling to such places as Scotland and Thailand.
Regis gave generously of his time. he served as a volunteer fireman in Wadsworth and guardian ad litem in Akron, OH. In addition, he volunteered for the Salvation Army and at First Christian Church in Wadsworth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Sue McKnight.
Regis is survived by his wife, Susan Ponting McKnight; brothers: Sid (Kay) McKnight, Jack (Marnie) McKnight and Ted (Barb) McKnight, children: Dirk (Erin) McKnight, Melissa McKnight and Jed (Shana) McKnight and grandchildren: Tyler and Jacqueline Esposito, Marina LeBlanc, Victoria, Evelyn, Andrew, Christopher, Jonathon, William and Elizabeth McKnight.
A memorial service will be held 11 am September 28, 2013 at First Christian Church, 116 E. Boyer St., Wadsworth with Rev. James L. Singleton officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 10-11am.
The family respectfully requests no flowers
Memorials in Regis’ name may be made to First Christian Church, VNS Hospice, 3385 Ridgewood Rd., Akron OH 44333 or Trails Forever Fund, Conservancy for CVNP, 1403 W. Hines Hill Rd. Peninsula, OH 44264.