Ronald Samuel Mollick passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 7, 2022.
The youngest son of Eastern European immigrants Philip Mollick and Fay Goldband Mollick, Ron was born March 5, 1944, and raised in San Diego, California. He earned his BS and MS degrees in biology at San Diego State University before heading to Newport News, VA in 1968 for a faculty position in the Biology Department at Christopher Newport College. After pursing a doctorate degree in zoology at North Carolina State University, Dr. Mollick returned to a lengthy teaching career and retirement as Professor Emeritus from CNU, leaving the university much transformed when from when he arrived 43 years prior. During that time, his leadership ability and strong moral compass shined through in his roles in the CNU Faculty Senate, the American Association of University Professors, and the Board of Directors for the local affiliate of Planned Parenthood.
Ron was a devoted husband of 50 years to his love, Beth Shepherd Mollick, and a loving father to Alison Mollick Folkwein (Justin) of Avon, CT, and Emily Mollick Wallace (Daniel) of Leesburg, VA. He was a playful and engaged grandfather to Gabriel, Jadon, Owen, Ayla, Livia, and Asher. Ron is also survived by his siblings, Milton Mollick and Phyllis Mollick Schissell of Southern California and numerous nieces and nephews. A lover of nature, animals, music, and sports, Ron’s sound advice, inclusive attitude, and practical nature will be greatly missed by the family as well as by his many colleagues, former students, and friends.
A farewell gathering will be held Saturday, May 21st from 11:00am-12pm at Christopher Newport University followed by a reception from 1-3pm at Windward Towers where he resided.
Farewell Events Saturday May 21, 2022:
Gathering for remembrances- 11am-12 pm: (Come a little early! Allow ample time to walk to the lecture hall from parking areas and enjoy the campus. You may want to pause by the Bell Tower where there is a wall with Ron’s name listed under the 2011 retirees. A slide show will begin at 10:30 am).
Christopher Newport University, 1 University Place, Newport News, VA, 23601, in Forbes Hall, Classroom 1022. (Building 10 on Campus map). Parking available in Lot D behind Luter Hall and the Freeman Center or by driving to the back part of campus to Lot I on Moore’s Lane. See printable Campus Map available at https://cnu.edu/visit/_pdf/cnu-print_map.pdf
Reception- 1-3 pm:
Windward Towers, North Tower Community Room, 7505 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, a donation to Planned Parenthood at https://www.plannedparenthood.org or The Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, https://thevlm.org in memory of Ron would be greatly appreciated.