An Enduring Tribute

The Ithaca College community is a close one. As students, as alumni, as faculty and staff, we all share a connection with one another through our association with this amazing institution. And as much of a lasting impression as Ithaca College has on our lives, each one of us leaves an equally indelible mark on our IC community.

The faces you see below are members of our college community who have died. Here, we take a moment to reflect on their lives. We remember their generosity, their contributions, their intellect and interests. Each story describes the life of a loved one lost, offering us a chance to reconnect with a unique spirit, or make an acquaintance for the very first time.

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Hunter Lia Zager '09Hunter Lia Zager '09
January 15, 1987 September 24, 2016

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.