OBIT - CUNNINGHAM Don Aaron (Doc)

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OBIT - CUNNINGHAM Don Aaron (Doc)


Retired Radford University professor Dr. Don "Doc" Aaron Cunningham, 61, passed away at home on Friday, November 28, 2014 after a decade-long struggle with cancer. Dr. Cunningham was born March 7, 1953, in Dallas, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn; son and daughter-in-law, Cory and Sonia Cunningham of Ogden, Utah; daughter, Sarah Cunningham and granddaughter, Eliyana Griggs of Lexington, Ky.; three sisters, Patricia Harris of Richardson, Texas, Dr. Mariam Cohen of Scottsdale, Ariz., Caroline Hart (Doug) of Sterling; brother, Michael McCollum (Brigada) of Anacortes, WA; brother-in-law, Dr. Wayne Witte (Judy) of Oconomowoc, Wis.; and numerous nephews; nieces; other relatives; and friends.

Dr. Cunningham was an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Radford University where he taught courses in Professional Writing, Business Writing, and Advanced Technical Writing. As an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech's Language and Cultural Institute, he also taught a Scientific and Technical Writing course for international graduate students. Prior to joining the faculty at Radford University, Dr. Cunningham taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Technical Writing, Technical Editing, Academic Writing, and Freshman Composition.

In addition to numerous academic publications, Dr. Cunningham also authored three books on Japanese feudal era history - Secret Weapons of Jujutsu, Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai, and Samurai Weapons: Tools of the Warrior. In December 2014, Dr. Cunningham was honored as Black Belt Magazine's 2014 Weapons Instructor of the Year. He was a noted international level competitor in the Olympic sport of Kodokan Judo. Dr. Cunningham earned a second dan black belt license in 1992 from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Cunningham earned a PhD in Technical Communication from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (2005). He is an alumnus of Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University), with a Master of Science (1984) and a Bachelor of Science (1978), both in Journalism.

As a professional journalist, Dr. Cunningham was an award- winning reporter, photographer, and news editor for several daily newspapers in his home state of Texas and in Florida. For twenty years, Dr. Cunningham worked in the telecommunications industry as an editor, technical writer, documentation manager, and applications engineer for central office switching system manufacturers specializing in the international (Pacific Rim) markets. …

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