Reo M. Christenson, age 96, died Friday, May 15, 2015 in Beavercreek, Ohio. Born in Minnesota and raised on a farm in Wisconsin, Reo served nearly five years in the US Army during WWII. Following military service, Christenson obtained a PhD from the University of Michigan. He taught political science at Miami University (Ohio) for 40 years. He is survived by his son Brian (Candy) Christenson and grandson, Kevin; and by daughter Ginny (Tom) Helm and grandson Jonathan (Sayuri) Helm and great - granddaughter Lillian Helm. He was preceded in death by five siblings and by Helen, his wife of nearly 60 years. Reo was a distinguished professor and respected academician, authoring or co-authoring six books, and numerous articles. Reo was known for his commitment to fairness and equality as demonstrated by his participation in voter registration in the South during the Civil Rights era and his efforts to promote integration. Above all, he will be remembered for his personal integrity combined with a unique sense of humor.