Alumni Obituaries

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Beverley Hancock Corcoran


Beverley Hancock Corcoran ’48 died June 22, 2021. She was born Jan. 28, 1927 in Brookville, PA to the late Mildred Hancock and James Hawthorne. She graduated with a degree in Biology, in 1948, from Otterbein where she played field hockey and was involved in Quiz & Quill and Theta Nu (Greenwich) sorority. Upon graduation, she married her lifelong partner, the late Daniel Corcoran ’49 whom she met at Otterbein. They moved to Cleveland, OH where Daniel graduated from Cleveland…

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Lynn Salser


Lynn Salser '76 died June 23, 2021. He was born April 15, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Giles and Elizabeth Salser. Lynn was a 1972 graduate of Johnstown Monroe High School, and a member of the 1970 undefeated Johnstown football team. Lynn received a bachelor's degree in 1976 from Otterbein College where he played football and was in the Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx) fraternity. He grew up attending the Johnstown United Methodist Church. Lynn was a member of…

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Harold Zimmerman


Harold Zimmerman '64 died June 28, 2021. He was born April 7, 1942 in Barberton, Ohio, the son of the late Paul and Johanna (Bauer) Zimmerman. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College and a master’s degree from Wright State University. Harold was a member of Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings) Fraternity at Otterbein, CANA Church, and Fairborn United Methodist Church. He was an avid photographer and videographer and enjoyed astronomy and working with computers. The majority of his working…

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John Woodland


John Woodland '76 died May 15, 2021. John was born Nov. 20, 1953 and graduated from Otterbein with a degree in theatre. He had honorees in Theta Alpha Phi (Drama) and Pi Kappa Delta fraternities. He furthered his education at the University of Michigan earning his master of fine art in theatre design in 1981.

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Barbara Noble Earnest


Barbara Noble Earnest '58 died June 9, 2021. She was born Jan. 3, 1936 and her family soon moved to Westerville. Her late mother was alumna Mary Samuel Noble '32. Barbara earned her English degree from Otterbein and was involved in the Tau Epsilon Mu (Talisman) sorority. She met and married her husband James Earnest '60 at Otterbein. In the mid-sixties, she worked in the Otterbein Library with Mrs. MacKenzie, Mrs. Miller, and Mr. Becker. She was employed by Fluor…

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David Burger


David Burger '59 passed away on June 11, 2021. David graduated from Otterbein and was a member of the first Otterbein College track & field team in 1958 and a participant with the "O" Club. He also played basketball, golf and football while at Otterbein. He taught and coached in the Columbus Public Schools while obtaining his master degree from the Ohio State University in 1964. He went on to begin the track & field programs at Cleveland State University…

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Shirley Smith


Shirley Smith '56 died May 29, 2021. Shirley was born on August 14, 1934, to Perry and Helen Smith in Jersey Township, Ohio. Shirley's mother died just before she turned two, and she was raised by her father and maternal grandmother. After her maternal grandmother died, she was raised by her father's sister and her husband, Mary and Otto Ginn. Shirley obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Otterbein University where she was involved in the Tau Epsilon Mu (Talisman)…

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Phyllis Reed Morgan


Phyllis Reed Morgan '52 died June 7, 2021 at Brookdale Westerville. She was born May 1, 1930 and was 91 years old. Phyllis was a graduate of Otterbein University where she met her husband Jim Morgan '51 and was part of the Epsilon Kappa Tau (Arbutus) sorority. Phyllis and Jim were longtime supporters of Otterbein and started a scholarship for students.She was employed as a kindergarten teacher her entire career at Westerville City Schools. She was always an advocate of…

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Paul Beeney


Paul Beeney '71 died May 26, 2021. Retired Real Estate Agent. Graduate of Westerville High School, class of 1966 and Otterbein College. Member of Moose Lodge #1427. Survived by his sons, Brock and Brant and their mother, Terry; sister, Sandra (David) Bumgarner; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Ivan and Mary Ruth Beeney.

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Johnneta Dailey Haines


Johnneta Dailey Haines '49 died June 4, 2021. Johnnie was born in Columbus, Ohio July 16, 1927. She graduated with a BFA from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio where she was involved in the Tau Epsilon Mu (Talisman) sorority. She worked as a commercial artist, married and moved to Shawnee in 1974, continuing to be active with the community. She loved playing games with her family and was an avid bridge player. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Haines…

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Nancy Longmire Seibert


Nancy Longmire Seibert ’52 died December 28, 2020. Born on October 21, 1930 to the late Fate and Frennie (Turner) Longmire in Dayton, OH. Nancy attended Otterbein where she played basketball, volleyball, field hockey, and was in the Tau Delta (Deltas) sorority. Nancy and her late husband Robert Sibert ’53 were long time supporters of Otterbein, attended many events, and have numerous alumni in their family, including all 3 daughters.Nancy was a Physical Education Teacher in the Mansfield Public School…

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Delores Joseph


Delores Joseph ’71 died May 20, 2020. She was born June 4, 1934 in Zanesville, OH, to the late Milton and Emmaline Joseph.Dee was a devoted elementary school teacher, passionate in her desire to help each of her students thrive and succeed, many of whom kept in touch with her throughout their lives, remembering her fondly as a favorite teacher who made a lasting impact. Dee loved children, and children loved her. She was able to see the beauty of…

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Lois Beheler Beachler


Lois Beheler Beachler ’54 died May 6, 2021. Ne-Ne was born August 8, 1931 in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to the late Herbert and Evelyn Beheler. While attending Otterbein College, she was involved in the Tau Epsilon Mu (Talisman) sorority. Ne-Ne met and later married fellow classmate George Beachler ’53. They resided in Westerville for 18 years and together reared three children. Beginning in 1973, Ne-Ne served as personal secretary to the Reverend Dick Ellsworth of Central College Presbyterian Church, where…

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Peggy Bates Hockett


Peggy Bates Hockett ’55 died January 31, 2020 in Wooster, OH. She was born on May 10, 1934 in Doddridge County, West Virginia, to Harold and Velva Bates. She attended Akron Ellet High School then Otterbein College, and eventually earned two master’s degrees. While at Otterbein, she was involved in the Sigma Alpha Tau (Owls) sorority, Women’s Athletic Association, choir and played field hockey. She dedicated her career to education, serving as the elementary science supervisor for Cleveland Public Schools; a children’s…

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Fred Martinelli


Fred Martinelli ’51 died May 15, 2021. He was born on February 15, 1929, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Concetti (Sichini) and Marion Martinelli. His father was an Italian immigrant who entered through Elis Island in 1926. Dr. Martinelli graduated from Westerville High School and Otterbein College, where he was in the Athletic Hall of Fame, “O” Club, Pi Beta Sigma (Pi Sig) fraternity, Otterbein King in 1948, and played football, basketball and baseball. He received his M.A. in…

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