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Waino R. Wonkka

December 10, 2014

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Obituaries » Waino R. Wonkka

Waino Robert Wonkka died on December 10, 2014. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Waino William Wonkka and Pearl (Pirila) Ojala. Bob graduated from Leominster High School where he had been an athlete until a bout with polio in 1946 left him wearing a long leg brace the rest of his life. Upon graduation from Wesleyan University in 1952, he taught at Peacham Academy in Vermont for five years, along with coaching boys and girls basketball and girls softball. After a year at Harvard University on an academic fellowship, Bob taught four years in Delmar, New York. He became the first full-time math teacher at Vermont Technical College. In his 30 years teaching at VTC, he also served as department head and division director. He was the first recipient of the faculty advising award which now bears his name. Upon his retirement in 1992, Bob was named professor emeritus. In 1956, Bob married Nadena Thompson in Danvers, Massachusetts.

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