The Dean of the Engineering, Business, and Information Technologies Division, Kelli Zelesnki, gave a eulogy for WELD-ED Associate Professor of LCCC, Duncan Estep at his funeral service on Dec. 16, 2017, at the Busch Funeral Home in Avon Lake, Ohio.
The service was held from 2-4 p.m. and followed by a memorial service. Estep, 60, was also the Center Director for WELD-ED. He was born on July 6, 1957 and had been employed at LCCC from Aug. 2002 until his death on Dec. 6, 2017. “I have worked with Duncan most of my career, as manager and educator,” said Zelesnki. She has known Duncan for 28 years working together in the industry as well as the college.
“What made him a great manager really made him a great professor,” said Zelesnki. “He cared about his employees and he cared about his students.” She went on to say that students often confided in Estep when they were struggling with life issues. “Huge issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and homelessness,” she said. “He would make sure he helped them somehow, whether it was connecting them to a resource or whatever means to help them.”
Estep’s previous employment included Buckeye Electrical Solutions and Marconi Communications. Zelesnki explains that “As director of WELD-ED, Duncan also mentored the WELD-ED staff and established relationships with colleagues, universities, and industry to create a highly successful National Center for Welding Education.
“Duncan was an engineer’s engineer,” said Zelesnki, “He enjoyed building things as much as designing things.”
Estep had earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics as well as a master’s degree in Systems Engineering-Controls at Case Western Reserve University. Estep had attended the university from 1976-1985.
Estep was also a resident of North Ridgeville and is survived by his wife, two children, and two granddaughters.
“It’s only fitting to close with this WELD-ED quote from Henry Adams: ‘A teacher affects eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops,” said Zelesnki.