Sociology professor remembered for his caring spirit

Oakland University Professor Raymond Liedka died on April 1, 2016 after fighting a battle with cancer.


He joined the Oakland University faculty in 2006 and served as a special instructor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice until his passing.


He was born on January 21, 1958 in Syracuse, NY and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and Le Moyne College. Liedka received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1995 and used his time at Oakland University to share his love of statistics with future generations.


He specialized in various courses in the sociology department for a good portion of his career until the introduction of the criminal justice program, where he then expanded his course expertise.


Liedka has been described by his colleagues as the light of the room because of his positive and caring spirit toward his colleagues and students.


“Raymond always received rave reviews from his students,” said Dorothy Nelson, chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. “He held a huge presence in the department, and everyone enjoyed working with him. He was an extraordinary addition to our staff as he always went above and beyond in everything he did.”


In his free time, he volunteered on various service assignments in the department and became highly involved with the general education committee as well.


Additionally, Liedka was a supporter of public radio and an organ donor registered with the Michigan Eye Bank.


Liedka is survived by his niece, Ashley Liedka, nephew, William Liedka as well as great-nieces and -nephews Analisia, Juliana, Gabrielle, Peyton, Adeline and soon-to-be born Anthony.


“Professor Liedka was a fantastic addition to our department, and will be greatly missed,” Nelson said.


A memorial service for Liedka will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a commemoration service at 3:00 p.m. at King’s Cove Clubhouse. Please call 248-652-6424 for more information.


Contributions to his memorial may be made to the Michigan Humane Society or Michigan Animal Rescue League at