In memory of
Jake Rufli, Professor Emeritus and Sesquicentennial Fellow of Lake Erie College, left this life on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Jake succumbed to a recent cancer diagnosis at the Louis Stokes VA Hospital's Safe Harbor Hospice Center. His passion for theatre, education, and students carried well beyond Lake Erie College – he was a member of Actors Equity and AFTRA, a leader of the Ohio Community Theatre Alliance, served on the Program Committee of Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland (now the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning), and served as director and/or advisor to theatre groups, directors, and young artists throughout N.E. Ohio and beyond. After retirement, Jake's life adventure took him to New York City, where he immersed himself in off-Broadway theatre and refreshed his zest for new work and new artists. His influence is reflected in the lives and careers of his many students, some achieving national or regional fame on the stage and in film, but most proud to achieve what Jake had modeled every day: "To participate with passion." Jake was pre-deceased by his parents, Mike and Edna Rufli; brother, Michael; sister, Virginia "Ginny" Davidson and brother-in-law, Michael Davidson. He leaves dearly loved cousin Tom Tank; nieces and nephews; and son, Giles Hogya, wife Leslie, and their children. Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 21, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Jakubs & Son Funeral Home, 936 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119. A memorial program is planned for a later date.
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