Woike, of the Town of Tonawanda, played a central role in the design and development of the Research & Information Commons, which opened in 2009.
He was born and raised in Blue Island, Illinois; he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from DePauw University and a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School.
He spent two years doing mission work in Kenya between 1968 and 1970, and served from 1971 to 1978 as an ordained United Methodist clergyman at churches in Seneca Castle, Sweet Home, and Clarence.
After earning a master’s degree in library science at the University at Buffalo, he began his library career in 1979 as acquisitions librarian at Niagara University.
He joined the library staff at Daemen in 1982. He was head librarian when he retired in 2009, following the opening of the Research & Information Commons (RIC).
He took a key role in the design and development of the RIC, and spent time researching and soliciting the opinions and thoughts of students. “This is not about what we wanted, but what the students wanted,” he said.
Woike’s vision for the RIC also included green technology. Built with many state-of-the-art environmental features, the RIC received a coveted Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The RIC quickly became the central campus location for informational, technical, and research support, impacting 100% of the graduate and undergraduate student population at Daemen.
He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society at DePauw. At Yale, he was awarded the Mary Cady Tew Prize for exceptional ability in philosophy, literature, ethics or history. At UB, Mr. Woike was a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society.
He was active in Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ in the Town of Tonawanda, as a choir member for more than 25 years and serving in various
leadership positions, most recently on the Endowment Committee.
He was a member of the American Library Association and enjoyed music, reading, travel, and his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Kay Reinhart; two daughters, Elizabeth Woike-Ganga and Adrienne; and a sister, Gloria Armistead.