Alumni Obituaries

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David Sampson


David Sampson ’68 died Feb. 10, 2013. He was a podiatrist in private practice in Chillicothe, OH, for 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Virginia Schuer Sampson ’67; two daughters, including Heather Sampson Bryant ’98; five grandsons; two brothers, including Doug Sampson ’74; and Doug’s wife, Sandy  Loos Sampson ’76.

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William Ahl


William Ahl ’68 died Feb. 24, 2015. He was a lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard for 10 years, and worked in telecommunications and cyber security for 35 years. He is survived by two sons and three granddaughters.

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Mark Woodruff


Mark Woodruff ’66 died June 24, 2014. He was a freelance commercial artist. He is survived by his two children and four grandchildren.

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Donald Rawlins


Donald Rawlins ’66 died April 26, 2015.

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David Samson


David Samson ’65 died May 28, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War and retiring as a colonel in 1992. After his retirement, he began a consulting business and became a licensed minister in the United Church of Christ, serving in Claremont, NC. He is survived by his wife, Colleen, five children and 11 grandchildren.

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Roger Lamb


Roger Lamb ’65 died May 12, 2015. He was retired from Nationwide Insurance. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Cheryl; two sons; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Geoffrey Custer


Geoffrey Custer ’65 died May 23, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He traveled the world for the international sales division of Anchor Hocking and was on the board of directors of the Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster, OH. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy, three children and three grandchildren.

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Joseph Booth


Joseph Booth ’65 died Aug. 11, 2015. He was a veteran of the Air Force Reserves, serving for six years as flight surgeon. He was a board certified physician, specializing in urology, in Zanesville, OH. He was a member of Zeta Phi Fraternity, played football and ran track at Otterbein. He was preceded in death by his father, Edmond Booth ’36 and an uncle, Harrison Booth ’49. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty; five children; eight grandchildren;…

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Susan Murley Barton


Susan Murley Barton ’65 died July 25, 2015. She was a teacher in Burton, OH, before she began raising a family.  She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Louis; four children; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Sheila Leonard Pratt


Sheila Leonard Pratt ’64 died March 3, 2105. She was a teacher in Fairborn City (OH) Schools and Merrie Time Preschool, and director of Forest Ridge Baptist Church Preschool in Dayton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard. She is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

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Carol Albright Lauthers


Carol Albright Lauthers ’64 died Aug. 11, 2015. She was a dental hygienist working for Dr. W. F. Marshall in Fairview Park, OH, for more than 30 years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marian  Kiess Albright ’30. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Clancy; two children; four grandchildren and sister, Joanne Albright Seith ’59.

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Chuck Deyo


Chuck Deyo ’64 died June 16, 2015. He was a teacher and coach in Columbus City Schools, including East High School and Northland High School, retiring in 1995. After retirement he worked at Don Scott Airport as a marshaller. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol; two children and two grandchildren.

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Janet Newman Schraitle


Janet Newman  Schraitle ’56 died Feb. 2, 2015. She was a teacher in Brunswick (OH) City Schools for 30 years. She was survived by her husband of 60 years, Donald Schraitle ’56, who has since died; three children and eight grandchildren.

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Patrick Fitzgerald


Patrick Fitzgerald ’60 died April 17, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Berlin crisis. He was the president of R.A. Harrell Distributors, Tampa, FL, from 1971-1990. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sally Jane Harrell Fitzgerald ’58, two children and two grandchildren.

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Eugene Purdy


Eugene Purdy ’57 died June 17, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He spent 37 years as a pastor serving different churches including Findlay, Salem, Springboro and North Bend Evangelical United Brethren churches; as well as Minerva Park, Circleville and Whitehall United Methodist churches. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eloise Tong Purdy ’54; four sons; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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