Hunter Lia Zager '09

Hunter Lia Zager, known to family as Ronni Jill, lost her brave battle with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS/RSD) and died due to complications from this long-standing illness. She was 29.

Hunter earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in communication management and design, then went on to earn a master's in library science at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She worked as a standards editor at National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

Hunter is fondly remembered for her love of the arts, especially singing and dancing; her creative art projects; and advocating for those without a voice. She loved to travel and explore new places. Hunter's struggle with CRPS/RSD was painful and debilitating. When she realized that she was unable to overcome her disease, she worked tirelessly to educate others about this horrific illness. She and her family were grateful to have the love and support of many friends and acquaintances who were dedicated to making her quality of life a little better and easier.

Ronni Jill is missed tremendously by her mother and father, Judy and Larry Zager, siblings, grandparents, and the many friends whose lives she touched. Her parents established the Ronni Jill Zager '09 Memorial Scholarship at Ithaca College to honor her memory, and provide support for communications students.