Dr. George Braden "Brad" Rinard, 66, passed away on November 9, 2022 at his home in Frostburg. Brad was born on April 29, 1956 in Cumberland, Maryland, to George William "Bill" Rinard and Colleen Elizabeth (Rexrode) Rinard.
Brad earned four degrees in math and computer science, from University of Utah and West Virginia University, and attended dental school at WVU. He started working for the Department of Computer Science & Information Technologies at Frostburg State University (FSU) in 1991, where he remained until illness forced his retirement. During his 31 years at FSU, he was a professor, department chair, mentor, and friend to thousands of individuals.
Brad was known to be laid-back, approachable, kind, and fair, and under his 15-year leadership as chair, the quality of his department's faculty and program thrived. On November 2, 2022, the FSU Faculty Senate voted unanimously to recommend Brad for Professor Emeritus. Despite working full-time, with help from his colleagues, throughout his many difficult years of cancer treatment, he was still able to touch lives with his quick wit, positive attitude, and his insistence that you, "Have a good day!"
Some of Brad's favorite activities included walking and biking local trails, cross-country road trips with his family, weather predictions and couponing. He and his wife homeschooled their three children and he was baptized into the Frostburg Seventh-day Adventist Church in August 2021.
Brad is survived by his wife, Paulett, and their children Eric, Kevin, and Gabrielle Rinard. Also surviving are his father Bill Rinard and partner Dorothy Babcock of Cumberland, sister Anna Jean "Jeanie" Smith and husband David of Texas, and brother William James "Bill" Rinard and wife Carmen Benitez of Florida. Preceding in death are his mother Colleen and sister Karen Joyce Thomas.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 20th at 3pm, at the Frostburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, 82 W. College Avenue.
Paulett and children would like to thank their Frostburg Seventh-day Adventist Church family and Durst Funeral Home for their support during their time of loss.