Alumni Obituaries

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Dorothy Potts Helman


Dorothy Potts Helman ’49 died Aug. 17, 2021. She was born on July 24, 1928 in Shelby County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ben and Florence (Gibbs) Potts. Dorothy graduated from Ft. Loramie High School as valedictorian and attended Otterbein College in Westerville, OH. Over the years she took an interest in reading, helping her husband with the family business, and spending time with her family. She was a member of Oran Christian Church, where she was active in…

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Richard Clark


Richard Clark '56 died April 4, 2021. He was born February 10, 1934 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He graduated from Otterbein with a bachelor's in math and physics, and met his future wife, Charlotte Cramer Clark '55, in Chemistry lab. Married June, 4, 1956, on the same day as his college graduation, they then established their home in Westerville. He worked until retirement at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus as a computer programmer and later as a computer analyst.He and…

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Shirley Baker


Shirley Baker '58 died August 16, 2021. She was born April 5, 1936 in Tiro, Ohio to the late Carl and Daisy Baker. Shirley graduated in the top of her class from Tiro High School and then attended Otterbein where she earned a bachelor's of English and Education with a minor in Speech Communication. She was also involved in the Theta Alpha Phi honor society, Quiz and Quill, and was a member of Theta Nu (Greenwich) sorority. Shirley spent her…

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Orville “Kent” Reed


Orville 'Kent" Reed '56 died August 7, 2021. He born on April 19, 1934 to the late Evelyn Reed and Orville Potts. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Otterbein, where he was a football letterman and team captain, as well as part of the 'O' Club and Pi Kappa Phi (Country Club) fraternity. He then taught and coached football, basketball, and track at various Ohio high schools, including Lakeside, Willard, Cardington, and Clear Fork, and…

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Jerry Ginn


Jerry Earl Ginn '64 died July 3, 2021. He was born Aug. 9, 1942, in Sidney, Ohio, to the late Henry Ginn and Grace (Applegett) Ginn. During his time at Otterbein, Jerry earned a bachelor's in French and was on the track and field team as well as a member of Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings) fraternity. He went on to earn a master's in French and taught at both Otterbein and the University of Dayton. He spent four years as…

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Ruth “Petie” Dodrill


Ruth "Petie" Dodrill H'94 died Aug.26, 2021. Petie was born Feb. 7, 1929 in West Chester, Pennsylvania to the late Edith and Clarence Johnson. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Penn State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Ohio University. Petie was the costume designer for over 100 productions at the Otterbein College Theatre; she introduced Children's Theatre to the Otterbein and Westerville community in 1962, directing 26 Children's Theatre productions.…

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JoAnn Tyler


JoAnn Tyler died, May 26, 2021. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 9, 1934 (and she would insert HER version of Mark Twain’s quote: “Age is a matter of the mind. If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter!”). After the death of her father she and her mother moved to Meridian to be near family and JoAnn attended Stephenson Elementary. She graduated in 1952 from Meridian High School and the “Fourteenth Grade” in 1954, having been voted…

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Richard Bridgman


Richard 'Dick' Bridgman '49 died July 12, 2021. He was born January 20, 1928 in Piqua OH to the late Lucile and Howard Bridgman. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and during his time at Otterbein, Dick was involved with the O Club, Sibyl, the football team, Sigma Zeta, and was a member of Zeta Phi fraternity.After graduating, he married Carolyn Boda '50, earned a Master's in Education, and went on to serve 32 years as a teacher,…

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George Phinney


George Phinney H'89, P'85, died July 15, 2021. Born July 29, 1930, he was a beloved teacher of many over his 30-year career at Otterbein University. After retirement he divided his time between the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and his cabin in Hocking Hills. He was an avid birder, fisherman, and hunter. He volunteered for over 1000 hours at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents Grace (Horn) and Ansel Phinney; his brother,…

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Thomas Kerr


Emeritus President Thomas Kerr H’71 died Aug. 6, 2021. Kerr was born Oct. 8, 1933, in Columbus, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in 1956, a master’s degree in history from the University of Buffalo in 1959, and a doctorate degree in social science from Syracuse University in 1965. He came to Otterbein as an assistant professor of history in 1963. As a faculty member, he was active on campus committees and…

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Steven Tallman


Steven Tallman '92 died Dec. 22, 2020. Steve was born September 3, 1969 in Washington Court House, to Howard and Clara Jean (Neff) Tallman. Steve graduated from Otterbein in 1992 with a degree in history & political science. He was on the cross county, track & field team and in the 'O' Club. Steven is survived by his son, Gideon; his father, Howard (Cathy), his sister, Paige (Robert) Wood and two nieces; Gideon’s mother, Traci Tallman.He is preceded in death…

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Brett Reardon


D. Brett Reardon '73 died Nov 25, 2019. He was born Jan. 29, 1951 to the late Leslie and Leda Reardon. Brett graduated from Otterbein where he played football, baseball, was in the ROTC, student government/senate, and Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings) fraternity. Brett was a US Air Force jet fighter pilot instructor and retired from Delta Airlines as an International Captain.Brett is survived by his brother Dennis (Mary Ann), niece, Lisa and nephews, Ryan (Kristina) and Michael (Christine).

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Sharma Rife DeNeui


Sharma Rife DeNeui '71 died July 17, 2019. Born May 2, 1949, she studied at Otterbein University but finished her bachelor degree in history at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio 1973. At Otterbein she was part of the WOBN Radio and the Rho Kappa Delta (Arcady) sorority.

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Sharon Anthony


Sharon Anthony '68 died Dec. 25, 2020. She was born December 11, 1944 in Greenville, Ohio to the late Herbert Ray and Ruby Fern Anthony. Sharon earned her teaching degree at Otterbein where she played volleyball and softball and then went on to complete her master’s from Ashland University. Sharon taught grades 4 and 6 at Newton Elementary School in the North Fork Local School District in Utica, Ohio. She was named Who’s Who Among American Teachers (selected by students)…

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John McIntyre


John McIntyre ’78 died June 26, 2021. Born Oct. 20, 1956 to the late John and Norma McIntyre, Johnny Mac was a 1974 graduate of DeSales HS and a 1978 graduate of Otterbein College where he earned a degree in accounting. Johnny Mac retired from Nationwide Insurance Co. after 30 years of service. Johnny was an avid golf lover (as reflected on his license plate LV4GOLF), lover of God and His Word, and spent his life making people laugh.After retirement,…

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