|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1930|
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 2010|
Ed Ragozzino's lifelong passion for theater helped bring about the creation of Eugene's Hult Center for the Performing Arts. The cause of his death at age 79 was cancer.
Ragozzino taught high school and college drama in Eugene and he directed local theater shows. He also worked as a professional voice talent and actor in movies, television and radio.
He graduated from the University of Oregon. His first job after graduation was teaching drama at Eugene High School. He also worked as a deejay on local radio.
He developed the high school theater program here into a spectacular success, known especially for its musicals. A production of "Music Man," for example, sold out four performances in the high school's 2,000-seat auditorium.
In 1968, Ragozzino became head of the performing arts department at the brand-new Lane Community College, a job he held until 1986.
The same year he founded the Eugene Festival of Musical Theater, an organization dedicated to producing professional musicals at the Hult.
He is survived by two brothers, Aldo and John Ragozzino, both of Petaluma, Calif., and sisters Eleanor Butt, of the San Francisco area, and Rita Baum, of Los Gatos, Calif.
He married his first wife, piano teacher Francis Baum, now Francis Geer, in Salem in 1952; they were later divorced. She survives along with their children, Laurabeth Wyatt of Tualatin; Kate Schafroth and her husband, Jack, of Tualatin; Matt Ragozzino and his wife, Chika, of Lake Oswego; and Julie Edwarzs and her husband, George, of La Habra Heights, Calif.
Ragozzino married his current wife, actress and former student Roxy Thomas, in 1977. She survives, along with their children, Elizabeth Allen and her husband, Josh, of Eugene, and John Ragozzino and his wife, Morgan, of Beaverton.
He had seven grandchildren.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1201 Satre St.; a more formal funeral mass will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Eugene Register-Guard
Lane County, Oregon
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Eugene for Edward Ragozzino of Eugene, who died Jan. 30 of cancer. He was 79. A celebration of life will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Eugene.
He was born June 25, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Emma Monetti Ragozzino. He married Roxy Thomas on July 28, 1977, in Portola Valley, Calif.
He held a bachelors degree in broadcasting from the University of Oregon, as well as a masters degree in speech from the UO. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war.
Ragozzino taught theater at South Eugene High School for 12 years. He was the founder and head of the performing arts department at Lane Community College for 18 years and founder, director and producer of Eugene Festival of Musical Theater.
He also was a national television and radio voice-over talent.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Laurabeth Wyatt and Kate Schafroth, both of Tualatin, Julie Edwards of La Habra Heights, Calif., and Elizabeth Allen of Eugene; two sons, Matt of Lake Oswego and John of Beaverton; two brothers, Aldo and John, both of Petaluma, Calif.; two sisters, Eleanor Butt of Bakersfield, Calif., and Rita Baum of Los Gatos, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Inurnment will be Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to American Cancer Society.
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