OOSI Sculpture

Ignacio Ocasio ("Doc Oc")

2009 / A. Joseph Kinkel / Cleveland

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Ignacio Ocasio, better known as Doc Oc, was a beloved Professor of Chemistry at CWRU from 1980-2005. He is dressed comfortably and carefree in an untucked, short-sleeved button down, plain slacks, and unassuming dress shoes. His eyes squint out from behind a pair of perfectly round, wire frame glasses, and a broad, infectious smile illuminates his entire face.

He sits with his arm over the back of a sculpted bench, inviting passers by to sit beside him, and let him enjoy their company. Doc Oc was well loved for his energy, zeal, and amiability. From 1980 until his sudden death in 2005, he always learned the names of all his students: a remarkable feat considering the introductory chemistry classes at CWRU sometimes number greater than 500!

According to a gushing memorial article from a CWRU publication at the time of his death: "Doc Oc once reported... 'At the beginning of every year, I visit all of the residence halls one by one, and I schedule a day and time to meet with commuters in my classes... It's important to me to meet all of my students individually.' He was known to stay for several hours in the main lobby to help students with any chemistry problem and other difficulties students might have in adjusting to college life."

And here he still sits, with open ears and an eager grin, greeting everyone on the busy thoroughfare, just as he had done in his lifetime.

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: Cuyahoga

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Citation

: A. Joseph Kinkel, “Ignacio Ocasio ("Doc Oc"),” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed June 23, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1369.

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Ignacio Ocasio ("Doc Oc")

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Ignacio Ocasio, better known as Doc Oc, was a beloved Professor of Chemistry at CWRU from 1980-2005. He is dressed comfortably and carefree in an untucked, short-sleeved button down, plain slacks, and unassuming dress shoes. His eyes squint out from behind a pair of perfectly round, wire frame glasses, and a broad, infectious smile illuminates his entire face.

He sits with his arm over the back of a sculpted bench, inviting passers by to sit beside him, and let him enjoy their company. Doc Oc was well loved for his energy, zeal, and amiability. From 1980 until his sudden death in 2005, he always learned the names of all his students: a remarkable feat considering the introductory chemistry classes at CWRU sometimes number greater than 500!

According to a gushing memorial article from a CWRU publication at the time of his death: "Doc Oc once reported... 'At the beginning of every year, I visit all of the residence halls one by one, and I schedule a day and time to meet with commuters in my classes... It's important to me to meet all of my students individually.' He was known to stay for several hours in the main lobby to help students with any chemistry problem and other difficulties students might have in adjusting to college life."

And here he still sits, with open ears and an eager grin, greeting everyone on the busy thoroughfare, just as he had done in his lifetime.

Date

2009

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