Bai­ley, Rosanne

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Bri­gadier Gen­eral USAF (Ret.) Age 66

Rosanne (“Ro”) Bai­ley, age 66, of Fair­banks, Alaska died Novem­ber 1, 2016, af­ter a brief ill­ness. Rosanne was born in Chicago, Illi­nois to the late Richard W and Rose­mary W Bai­ley, nee Wright. She was the dear friend of Wil­liam Se­lah (Oak­ton, VA); cher­ished sis­ter of Richard Fiske Bai­ley (Oak Park, IL), Bar­bara Walsh (Michael -Down­ers Grove, IL), Su­san Bai­ley (Sycamore, IL), Stephen Bai­ley (Low­ell, NC), and Pa­tri­cia Hous­ton (Robert - Vi­enna, VA); proud aunt of Christo­pher and Patrick Walsh, Nicholas and Casey Dal­las, Patrick and Sean Fol­liard, Cas­sidy, Jeremy and Cade Bai­ley, Blake Jan­nett, and Jack and Char­lie Hous­ton; and beloved cousin to Andrea Wright Kra­jack (Darien, IL) and the late Wil­liam Wright.

Rosanne grad­u­ated from St. Edmund School (1964), Oak Park and River For­est High School (1968) (Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship semi-fi­nal­ist). She re­ceived a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence De­gree from Pur­due Univer­sity, with hon­ors, in Eco­nom­ics (1973) and earned her Mas­ter of Sci­ence De­gree in Engi­neer­ing Man­age­ment from the Air Force In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (1984) as a Dis­tin­guished Grad­u­ate.

Rosanne en­tered the Air Force in 1977 and served in many highly vis­i­ble po­si­tions of lead­er­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity in as­sign­ments such as the Com­man­der, 354th Lo­gis­tics Group Eiel­son AFB Alaska; the Com­man­der, 435th Air Base Wing Ram­stein Air Base and Kais­er­slautern Mil­i­tary Com­mu­nity Ger­many; and Com­man­der, Cheyenne Moun­tain Op­er­a­tions Cen­ter Cheyenne Moun­tain AFS Colorado.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Bai­ley re­tired from the Air Force in 2006, and her mil­i­tary awards and dec­o­ra­tions in­clude De­fense Su­pe­rior Ser­vice Medal, Le­gion of Merit with three oak leaf clus­ters, Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal with four oak leaf clus­ters, Joint Ser­vice Com­men­da­tion Medal, and Na­tional De­fense Ser­vice Medal with bronze star. She was also a Dis­tin­guished Grad­u­ate of the De­fense Sys­tems Man­age­ment Col­lege as well as Air Com­mand and Staff Col­lege where she re­ceived two re­search awards.

While serv­ing at Eiel­son AFB in 1996, she fell in love with Alaska, and af­ter her re­tire­ment in 2006, made Fair­banks her per­ma­nent home.

In 2006 she joined the Univer­sity of Alaska, Fair­banks (UAF) as Vice Chan­cel­lor for Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices. Fol­low­ing that po­si­tion, Rosanne be­came Spe­cial Projects Co­or­di­na­tor at UAF where she was in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing stan­dards, poli­cies, and guide­lines for Depart­ment of Jus­tice use of un­manned air­craft for law en­force­ment agen­cies na­tion­wide. She also worked closely with the Depart­ment of In­te­rior to de­velop stan­dards and in­spec­tion cri­te­ria for un­manned air­craft use by all agen­cies na­tion­wide. Re­cently Rosanne was a key pro­po­nent de­vel­op­ing part­ner­ships with the Depart­ment of De­fense and Alaska Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety to in­te­grate un­manned air­craft into emer­gency re­sponse op­er­a­tions. Rosanne’s ex­pe­ri­ence with large ac­qui­si­tion projects for the mil­i­tary led to her deep in­volve­ment in UAF’s ac­qui­si­tion of the R/V Siku­liaq, the Na­tional Sci­ence Foun­da­tion ves­sel hosted and op­er­ated by UAF’s Seward Sci­ence Cen­ter. Rosanne en­joyed her role in bring­ing the op­ti­mally-equipped, ice-hard­ened ves­sel to Alaska to con­duct the Arc­tic re­search it was de­signed to achieve. Rosanne re­tired from the Univer­sity of Alaska in 2016 and was sup­port­ing the un­manned air­craft project part time and pur­su­ing a sec­ond mas­ter’s de­gree in coun­sel­ing at the time of her death.

Rosanne was ac­tive at First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Fair­banks and served as an El­der on Ses­sion. A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Fair­banks in early 2017, and a memo­rial and in­ter­ment will be held at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery in the spring of 2017.

Two non-profit cancer aware­ness groups are ac­cept­ing do­na­tions in Rosanne’s name: Let Every Woman Know (www.letev­ery­wom­an­know.org), an Alaska or­ga­ni­za­tion where Rosanne was a board mem­ber; and the Foun­da­tion for Women’s Cancer (www.foun­da­tion­for­wom­en­scancer.org). Please sign the Guest­book at www.legacy.com/wash­ing­ton­times

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