Obituary: Robert Knowles Ready
89, Asheville, N.C.

Robert Knowles Ready
89, Asheville, N.C.
Robert Knowles (RK) Ready, born Sept. 1, 1924 in Wellington, KS, left this life peacefully on July 16, 2014 in Asheville, NC.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wendell Ready and Leah Knowles Ready, wife Mildred Marks Ready, daughter Monica Ready, son John Ready, and step-daughter Ginny Comeaux West. He is survived by his wife Patricia Macks Ready, sons James (Dilcia) Ready, Scott (Donna) Ready, Craig (Cindy) Ready, step-sons Stephen (Gina) Comeaux and Scott Comeaux, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandsons.
RK received his bachelor's degree from Univ. of Kansas, MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School. He served in the armed forces as a pilot in WWII. His career spanned several years in both academia and business, nationally and internationally as teacher, provost, researcher, manager, consultant, receiving many awards for accomplishments during this period. He wrote many published articles and books, one an award-winning business book, plus two novels.
Over his lifetime RK gave generously in time and talent to help those less fortunate. He loved his family and friends dearly and will be missed by all.
Memorial contributions in RK's name can be made to: Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 2873