Rowland M. Godette, 64, of Oberlin died Saturday at his home after an illness of several months.
He was born and raised in Oberlin, graduating from Oberlin High School. He served with the Merchant Marines during World War II. He had been a truck driver with Rowland Enterprises, Lorain, for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1989.
Mr. Godette was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oberlin, and the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association.
Survivors include daughters, Lois Gaines of Oberlin, Patricia James of Silver Spring, Md., and Kathe of Rio, Nevada; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Phyllis Williams of Detroit and Bonita Jones of Bayside, N.Y.; and a brother, Paul Gordon of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Adora, in 1990.
Graveside services were held yesterday morning at Westwood Cemetery. The Rev. Fred L. Steen, pastor of Mt. Zion Church, officiated. Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, was in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 13, 1991, p. 2.
Harriet E. Goerner
Harriet E. Goerner, 77, died Tuesday at the Tiller Nursing Home in Oswego, Ill., where she had been a patient for a year. Before entering the home she lived for many years on East College St.
Graveside service, with Rev. John Elder of First Church officiating, will be held at Westwood Cemetery Saturday morning. Time is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Cowling Funeral Home will have the information when the hour is definite.
Mrs. Goerner, born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Aug. 18, 1906, spent most of her life in Oberlin [and was a 1926 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of First Church and of Nancy Wolcott Squire Chapter, DAR, until it disbanded.
She is survived by one son, Robert, of Montgomery, Ill., and four grandchildren. Her husband, Lea, died in 1955 and a daughter, Barbara Scheif, last year.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to First Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 2, 1984, p. 2.
Mrs. Fred Goerner (Lucile Young), 68, died in
She and Fred F. Goerner, son of the late Professor and Mrs. F. A. Goerner of Oberlin, were married on
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Patsy A. Goerner
Patsy A. Goerner [nee Edmunds], 76, of Montgomery passed away November 3, 2006 at home surrounded by family. [She graduated from OHS in 1948.] She is survived by her husband, Robert [OHS ‘48]; her children, Robin (Gerald) Lamb and Stephen Goerner. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Luvilla Edmunds; and her sisters, Virginia Lee Newman [OHS ‘47] and Doris Jean Schubert. Patsy was nursing supervisor at Allen Hospital in Oberlin, OH, the school nurse for Oswego Unit District 308, and a surgical assistant in the Opthomology Department at Dreyer Medical Clinic, retiring in 1994. Family will be receiving guests form 9:30 until the time of service at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 6, 2006 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 11 Pembrooke Rd, Montgomery, IL. Interment Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church Building Fund. Dieterle Memorial Home 630-897-1196.
The Beacon News, Aurora, Ill., Monday, November 6, 2006, p. C8.
Kimberly D. Good
Panama City, Fla. – Kimberly D. [Dawn] Good, 43, of Panama City, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, August 29, 2009. She was born in Lorain, Ohio, and was a 1984 graduate of Oberlin High School.
Kim had lived in Panama City for the last 9 years where she worked as a teller at Innovations Federal Credit Union. She loved needlework and crochet, and had a place in her heart for animals. Kim also enjoyed cooking and experimenting with recipes.
Survivors include her loving husband, Paul C. Good of Panama City; her loving parents, Jerry and Sherry Burtze of Lorain; 3 brothers, Adam Burtze of Lorain, and Jeff and Jerry-John Bruce, both of Elyria; her father and mother-in-law, John and Emma Good of Panama City; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Asked to serve as pallbearers are Bryan Jackson, Adam Burtze, John Good, Jr., Ron Haun, Jim Hearon, Tim Hurchins, Doug Carter and Larry Dute.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kim’s name may be made to either the Humane Society of Bay County or the National Kidney Foundation.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, September 3, 2009.
Mrs. Helen Hurst Goode Dies in California
Word has been received of the death in Covina, Calif., of Mrs. Helen Hurst Goode, a former Oberlin resident.
Mrs. Goode was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David M. Hurst, whose home was at 99 S. Cedar Ave. A graduate of [OHS in 1905 and of] the Oberlin Kindergarten Training School, she was for some years a kindergarten teacher in the Oakland, Calif., public schools.
After her marriage to Harry S. Goode in Covina, Mrs. Goode took an active part in community life, sponsoring cultural, educational and interracial movements. Some of the organizations with which she was affiliated are establishing a fund as a memorial to her name in the Cancer Research Institute, a cause in which she was keenly interested.
Mrs. Goode is survived by husband and one sister, Katharine Hurst Bickel of Avon Lake. Mrs. Bickel had been in California with her sister for the past three months.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 12, 1946, p. 6.
Joan Lynn Goodenow
Joan Lynn Goodenow (nee Worcester), 57, of Amherst, former Oberlin resident, died of cancer May 30 at Lorain Community/St. Joseph Regional Health Center, west campus, after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, she lived in the Oberlin and Amherst areas all her life.
A 1956 graduate of Oberlin High School, she worked in the Printing Department of Oberlin College for more than 33 years, retiring on disability in 1992.
She was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Survivors include her husband, James J.; three sisters, Lois A. “Pam” West of Vermilion, Beth E. Hawley of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kathy J. Billington of Toledo; and two brothers, Richard Worcester of Amherst and Roger Worcester of Elyria.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Mary Worcester.
Graveside services at Westwood Cemetery were held on Friday, June 2.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Lorain County Heart Fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 6, 1995, p. 2.
Eudora J. Goodrich
Eudora J. ["Dora"] Goodrich (nee Edwards), 98, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died Sept. 6 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1921 and then moved to Elyria.
Mrs. Goodrich was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Elyria.
She is survived by a son, Howard P. Goodrich of Peachtree City, Ga.; a daughter, Virginia M. Minch of Avon Lake; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Howard C., in 1973; a great-grandson, Bradley Minch, in January 1999; brothers Arthur and Harley Edwards; and sisters Fannie Rathwell, Stella Jeffries, Alma Frost, Mae Chesbro and Grace Parker.
Graveside services were held Sept. 11 in Westwood Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Hammond of First Baptist Church officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, 44 E. Lorain St., Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 14, 1999, p. 2.
Nancy Goodrich (nee Tofzke [Totzke]), 59, of Peachtree City, Ga., died there Monday.
She was a former resident of both Medina and Elyria [and graduated from OHS in 1945].
Surviving are her husband, Howard Goodrich of Peachtree City; two daughters, Susan Mcewan of Peachtree City, and Carol Miller, of Augusta, Ga.; a brother Robert Tofzke [Totzke] of Oberlin; and five grandchildren.
Private memorial services and burial will be in Peachtree City, Ga. The family requests no flowers.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, October 28, 1986, p. D-2.
Goodson, owned Que & Cue
Oberlin -- George Rembert Goodson, 78, of Oberlin, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood, after a four-month illness.
He was born April 19, 1922, in Buffalo, N.Y., and lived in Oberlin all his life. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1940.
Goodson served in the Army during World War II.
He worked as a barber for over 30 years during the '50s to the '70s. He owned and operated the Que & Cue, a barber shop and pool hall, in the '70s. He and his wife also sold tropical fish from their home. He then went to work for Nordson Corp., Amherst, as an assembler in 1976, where he still was employed.
He enjoyed working with stained glass, wood and listening to jazz.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth B. (nee Bowman); sons Jerome R. Goodson of Cleveland and James A. Norris of Lorain; daughter, Jorgelle R. Lawson of Columbus; sister, Virginia Scott of Highland Park, Ill.; and eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Parks, and parents, Leroy R. and Adelaide (nee Smith) Goodson.
Friends may call Monday 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rust United Methodist Church. The Rev. Kevin L. Coleman of Rust United Methodist Church will be assisted by the Rev. Charles B. Mayle, pastor of Christian Missionary Alliance. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Sunday, January 14, 2001
Alva I. Gordon
Alva I. (Al) Gordon, 75, a resident of Elyria since 1962, died at Elyria Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon after collapsing at his home. He had been ill three days.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1926 graduate of OHS], he was a lifetime Lorain County resident. He was a member of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 705 and the North Central Ohio Building and Trades Council. He was a carpenter by trade and worked most of the time as a foreman on major construction sites in the county. He retired in 1965, after 35 years of work. He was an avid golfer.
Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marie (nee LaPorte); one daughter, Mrs. John (Marilyn) Bashak of Elyria; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Herman of Jacksonville, Fla.
Friends may call at the Dovin Funeral Home, Lorain, today 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be Wednesday 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John R. Butchko, pastor of the South Amherst United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Cemetery, Lorain.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, January 10, 1983, p. B-2.
Duane Gordon, 76, historic county high school coach
Oberlin -- Duane Franklin ''Flash'' Gordon, 76, of Oberlin, died July 28, 2006, at his home unexpectedly.
He was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Oberlin. He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1948], where he starred in track and football, setting numerous records in both. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College and received his master's degree from Texas Southern University.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Gordon began his coaching career at Lakewood's St. Edward High School. He was Lorain County's first African-American head coach as he was the head coach of the Elyria Catholic High School Panthers in 1958. He had an illustrious coaching career in football, basketball and track on the high school and collegiate levels. He coached at Lane College, Mississippi Valley University, Texas Southern University and Prairie View University and was head coach of men's basketball at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., and Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala.
He enjoyed art and taught himself to paint and play the guitar and harmonica after his retirement. He also enjoyed telling stories.
Survivors include his wife, Linnie (nee Briggs); sons Arthur Scales, Jeremy Gordon and Duane Gordon Jr., all of Huntsville, Ala., and Dwight Scales of Austin, Texas; daughters June Gordon and Julia Boyd, both of Huntsville, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Alma (nee Norris) Gordon; brother, Donald Gordon; and infant sister, Shirley.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield.
Arrangements by Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, Lorain.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, August 05, 2006.
Former Resident Dies In Massillon Hospital
- Louise H. Gordon
Mrs. Louise Harlow Gordon, 46, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George R. Harlow of Oberlin, died suddenly Tuesday morning of virus pneumonia at the Massillon Hospital, Massillon. Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 1:30 p.m. at the Gordon Schnaidnagle Funeral Home, Massillon.
Born Oct. 27, 1901, in Edgewood, Pa., she moved to Oberlin with her family in 1913 and lived here until 1923. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1919, and from Oberlin College in 1923.
Mrs. Gordon was a member of the Central Congregational Church, past-president of the YWCA, former president of the Woman’s Club in Massillon and active in civic affairs.
She is survived by her husband Allen O. Gordon, three sisters, Mrs. Ivan A. Greenwood and Miss Margaret Harlow, both of Cleveland and Mrs. Dorothy Bevins of Chatham, Mass.; two brothers, William M. Harlow of Gresham, Ore., and George R. Harlow, Jr., of Wilson, N. Y., an aunt, Mrs. Alice Emery, and an uncle, George M. Jones, both of Oberlin
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 20, 1947, p. 2.
Gordon dies at age 69
Raymond Arthur Gordon, 69, of 138 South Main, died Friday evening in Allen Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Pittsfield Twp. on Jan. 31, 1912, Mr. Gordon had been a lifelong area resident [and was a 1933 graduate of Oberlin High School]. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and was equipment manager for the Oberlin College athletic department, retiring in 1973.
He is survived by his wife, Edna (nee Jackson), to whom he had been married 47 years; two brothers, Paul Gordon of 248 Grafton and Rowland Godette of 280 North Prospect; and two sisters, Mrs. Benita Jones of Bayside, New York and Mrs. Phylis Williams of Detroit, Michigan.
Services were Wednesday afternoon in the First Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. Stephen Hammond, officiating. Burial was in the East Pittsfield Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the First Baptist Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 5, 1981, p. 2.
Jane W. Gornall
Jane W. Gornall (nee Lancashire) 80, of Oberlin, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at Allen Medical Center. She was born September 15, 1927 in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1945].
Jane worked as an Elementary School Teacher at Prospect School in Oberlin. She was a member of Peace Community Church of Oberlin, and Oberlin Forum. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.
Jane is survived by her husband, Kenyon Gornall; son, Kenyon M. Gornall of Denver, Colorado; daughters, Sarah G. Johns, from Columbus, Elizabeth G. Poirson of Oberlin and Elizabeth W. Flaesgarten from Berea; five grandchildren; brother, Richard Lancashire, Westlake.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Edtih Lancashire; brother, David Lancashire; and sister, Ellen Dangle.
Visitation will be Wednesday September 17, 2008 from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 South Main St., Oberlin. Funeral service will be at 11 A.M Thursday, September 18, 2008 at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mary Hammond and Rev. Steve Hammond from Peace Community Church officiating. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, OH.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Community Church, 44 East Lorain St. Oberlin, OH.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, September 15, 2008.
Doris Gorske, 73, a lifelong resident of Oberlin [and 1938 graduate of OHS], died Wednesday, Dec. 28, at her home after a long illness. The Rev. David Anderson conducted both graveside services last Friday and a memorial eucharist at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday morning.
Mrs. Gorske will be remembered by many as an out-of-town shopping representative from Halle Brothers of Cleveland for whom she coordinated fashion shows in Oberlin. In the 1960s and 1970s she taught geometry and business math at Firelands High School. All three of her daughters became teachers.
She graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, from Marietta College. She was part owner of The Oberlin Bait Canteen, was active in several bridge clubs and a member of Senior Forum.
Mrs. Gorske’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Cain, were born and raised in this area as was Doris and her husband of 44 years, Walter, who preceded her in death in 1984. The Gorske home was written up by Geoffrey Blodgett in his book “Oberlin Architecture College and Town.”
Mrs. Gorske was also preceded in death by her brother, Richard Cain.
She is survived by three daughters, Pam DeLong of Brecksville, Paul Wanosky of North Ridgeville, and Pat Price of Vermilion; and 11 grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Allen Memorial Hospital.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 3, 1995, p. 2.
L. Gorske dies at 71
Howard L. Gorske, 71, of Oberlin, died Saturday afternoon at Welcome Nursing Home, where he had lived the last two months, after a long illness.
A liftetime resident of Oberlin [and a 1931 graduate of Oberlin High School], he retired from the Sperry-Gorske Agency after 25 years of service.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of the Karl Wilson Locke Post 102 of the American Legion, of which he was past commander.
Survivors include his wife Ann; a son, Larry of Cincinnati; stepson, Richard LeCraft of Portland, Ore.; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Nancy Steele of Leavenworth, Kan. and Mrs. Karen Henderson of Columbia, S.C.; two brothers, Walter Gorske and Paul Gorske, both of Oberlin; and three grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday morning in Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests that contributions, if desired, be made to Sacred Heart Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 19, 1984, p. 18.
Paul R. Gorske
Deland, Fla. -- Paul R. Gorske, 85, of DeLand, Fla., formerly of Oberlin, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005.
He was born in Oberlin and had resided in DeLand since 1984. He graduated from [OHS in 1937 and from] Oberlin College in 1942.
Gorske was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He owned and operated the Sperry-Gorske Agency in Oberlin.
He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in DeLand.
Survivors include his sons, Michael Spencer Gorske of DeLand and John Pittman Gorske of Oberlin; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie Gorske; sister, Helen Sperry; and brothers Howard and Walter Gorske.
Services were held Monday in St. Peter's Catholic Church, DeLand. The Rev. Tom Connery officiated. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery, DeLand.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Denise Ratusz-Gorske Endowed Scholarship Fund, Elyria Catholic High School, 725 Gulf Road, Elyria, OH 44035.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, September 10, 2005.
Paul R. Gorske
Oberlin -- Memorial Mass for Paul R. Gorske will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 410 W. Lorain St., Oberlin. The Rev. William B. Padavick will officiate. Gorske, 85, of Deland, Fla., formerly of Oberlin, died Aug. 31, 2005.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Denise Ratusz-Gorske Endowed Scholarship at Elyria Catholic High School, 725 Gulf Road, Elyria, OH 44035.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, September 27, 2005.
Walter J. Gorske dies at 67
Walter J. Gorske, president of the Oberlin Canteen Co., died last Thursday at Allen Hospital after a long illness. He was 67.
Rev. David Anderson and Rev. Arnold Klukas conducted graveside services at Westwood Cemetery Saturday morning.
An Oberlin native, Mr. Gorske [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1934. He] had been associated with the bait canteen company since its beginning 39 years ago. It was A. E. Norling who originally invented the canteen, but Mr. Gorske was credited with making a number of improvements and over the years added some new products. He became president in 1976.
Mr. Gorske’s parents were John and Ann Gorske, who came to Oberlin from Poland in 1908 and here the father set up his tailoring business. Mr. Gorske’s wife of 44 years, the former Doris Cain, also comes from an old Oberlin family. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Cain and there were Cains in this are in the mid-nineteenth century.
Mr. Gorske liked to fish. But more than that he enjoyed working in the yard and around the pond in the back yard at the Gorske home, 152 East College St. Geoffrey Blodgett, in his series for the News-Tribune on old Oberlin houses, included the Gorske house, originally the Thad Rowland property. It was Mr. Gorske’s pride that Blodgett described house and yard as kept “in mint condition.”
Surviving Mr. Gorske in addition to his wife are three daughters, Mrs. R. Dennison (Pamela) Stewart of Chagrin Falls, Mrs. Gary (Paula) Wanosky of North Ridgeville and Mrs. Joseph (Patty) Price of Vermilion; one brother, Paul of Oberlin and 11 grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to Allen Hospital.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 26, 1984.
Ned LaMar Gott
Ned LaMar Gott, 75, of Oberlin, died Oct. 25.
Born in Pittsburgh, he lived most of his life in the Oberlin-LaGrange area [and was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin High School].
Mr. Gott retired in 1980 after 10 years as a machinist for Luxaire, Elyria, and had also been a farmer.
He served 15 years on the board of directors of the LaGrange Cooperative Supply Board. He attended the Pittsfield United Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Joan (nee VanHeuveln), to whom he was married 52 years; sons, Ned and Tharon, both of Pittsfield, Allen of Fort Collins, Colo., and Gary of Wellington; daughters, Rita Chase of Parma and Marla Lent of Wellington; 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 27 at the Pittsfield United Church of Christ with the Rev. Harry Sawdey officiating. Burial was in LaGrange Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 30, 1990, p. 2.
Robert W. Gott
Robert W. Gott of Oberlin died Monday, May 5, 2003, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain following a one-year battle with cancer. He was 73.
Born April 14, 1930, in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1948. He attended Fenn College in Cleveland.
He worked as a supervisor at Philco Corp. in Sandusky for 10 years. He then worked as an electrical technician at NASA for 30 years, retiring in 1969.
He was a ham radio operator, building his first radio while in high school. He also obtained a private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his own Piper Tomahawk plane.
After retirement he studied art and enjoyed painting and making pottery. He also enjoyed traveling and vegetable gardening.
Mr. Gott is survived by his wife, Carole (nee Kimmel) Gott; stepmother, Myrtle Gott of Wellington; sister, Carol Vincent of Parma; nephews Peter Vincent of Parma and Daniel Vincent of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and niece, Judy Snyder of Parma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Ruth (nee Winter) Gott.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 6, at First United Methodist Church of Oberlin 45 S. Professor St. Dicken Funeral Home of Elyria handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Hospice, 5255 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 44035.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, May 20, 2003, p. 2.
Mrs. Maynard Gott
Mrs. Ruth Marguerite Gott, 61, died Sept. 23 in Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Saybrook, Mrs. Gott had lived in Oberlin since 1929 [and was a 1927 graduate of Oberlin High School].
Survivors are her husband, Maynard, of 80 Spring, a son, Robert, and a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Carol) …cent of Parma. Also surviving are a brother Paul Winter of Independence and three grandchildren.
Rev. Forrest Waller conducted funeral services for Mrs. Gott last Friday at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 1, 1970, p. 4.
Attack Is Fatal To Henry Gould, 55, Former Oberlin Athlete
Henry W. Gould, 55, of Avon Lake, well-known Oberlin high school [class of 1920] and college football star of the ‘20’s and former Oberlin resident, died on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. en route home from work. Cause of death was a heart attack.
Mr. Gould was an electrical engineer with the H. K. Ferguson Co. in Cleveland.
He was born in Lockport, N. Y. and moved to Lorain when he was five years old and from Lorain to Oberlin. He was All-Ohio football guard while playing on the Oberlin College team. He attended Oberlin from 1920 to 1923.
In 1936 he was sent to Liberia, Africa, by the Firestone Co. to install a radio unit. A veteran of World War I, he had been living in Avon Lake for 16 years.
He was a charter member of the Mid-Century Lodge No. 725, F. and A.M., a member of the Al Koran Shrine, Lorain County Shrine and the Avon Lake American Legion Post No. 211.
Survivors are his wife, Frances; a son, Richard, Cleveland; a brother, Perc E. Gould, Elyria; two sisters, Mrs. Max Calkins, Elyria and Mrs. Roy Tillotson of Toledo.
Services were held at the Burmeister Funeral Home with American Legion services at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Masonic services, 8 p.m. on Friday and services at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the Rev. Paul J. Folino, pastor of the Avon Lake Congregational church officiating. Burial was at Lakewood Park Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 25, 1954, p. 12.
Mrs. Audrey Hayden Gradle
Mrs. Audrey Hayden Gradle, 86, of Los Angeles, Calif., aunt of Jane (Mrs. Kenyon) Gornall of 94 Shepherd Cir., died Friday at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.
Mrs. Gradle, who grew up in Oberlin[, graduated from Oberlin High School in 1910,] and lived here until her graduation from Oberlin College in 1915, was a leader all her life in work for the prevention of blindness. She was associated with various organizations in Missouri and Illinois, serving in the latter state as executive secretary of the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness.
Oberlin College conferred on her the honorary LLD degree in 1945.
After retirement to California, Mrs. Gradle was active in founding the Southern California Society for Prevention of Blindness and was honorary president at the time of her death.
Memorial services were held Saturday at the Westwood United Methodist Church in suburban Los Angeles.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 20, 1977, p. 2.
Audrey Hayden Gradle died Oct. 14 [13?, 1977,] in Santa Monica, Calif. Former director of the Missouri Commission for the Blind and executive secretary of the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness, she received the honorary LL.D. from Oberlin (1945) for “faith in the scientific methods of treating the eyes, her extraordinary skill in winning cooperation of welfare agencies and school boards, and getting appropriations from the state legislature to bring into being sight-saving classes, eye testing projects, better lighting in school rooms, and clinics for the treatment of eye diseases.”
Early in her career, Mrs. Gradle did studies of the Missouri and the Illinois blind pension rolls, finding that many cases of blindness were caused by trachoma (infectious conjunctivitis) and opthalmia in newborn infants. Beginning in 1929 she lobbied for legislation mandating the use of silver nitrate drops in the eyes of newborns. Refusing to be defeated when the governor vetoed the initial bill in 1931, she waged a statewide educational campaign on the issue during the next two years which resulted in the passage of the law in 1933. Similar battles were won in the Illinois legislature with the state agreeing to underwrite the treatment of trachoma by establishing outpatient clinics, to ban the sale of fireworks and to set up programs for routine eye testing in the public schools.
Between 1941 and 1945 Mrs. Gradle also found time to serve as a board member of the Chicago Council of Social Agencies and to chair its publicity committee, to be a board member of the Chicago League for the Hard of Hearing, and to chair the Chicago chapter of the American Association of Social Workers.
Although she resigned the Illinois post in 1945 to marry Chicago ophthalmologist Dr. Harry S. Gradle, she continued her work by founding the Southern California Society for the Prevention of Blindness, serving on its board of directors for many years. At the time of her death, she was honorary president. She also used her retirement to work for research grants, primarily for the study and cure of retrolental fibroplasia (an ailment in newborns).
In 1953 Mrs. Gradle was appointed to the board of directors of the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness and a year later she received two awards for her outstanding contributions to the conservation of vision and the prevention of blindness. The St. Louis Society for the Blind gave her the Leslie Dana Gold Medal, an award which her husband had received in 1946, and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology honored her at its annual meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mrs. Gradle was a consultant to this association founded by her husband.
Born in Manistee, Mich., May 10, 1891, Mrs. Gradle grew up in Oberlin at the family home, 310 East College. After graduating form Oberlin, she was a social worker at Sleighton Farm, a home for delinquent girls in Darling, Pa. In 1920-22 she was executive director of the community health center in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and then accepted a similar position for two years in Jenkintown, Pa. She headed the Missouri Commission for the Blind 1925-27.
She leaves a sister, Verda ‘20k (Mrs. George H. Armacost), 11 nieces and nephews and two cousins, Mrs. Alice Hough and Mrs. Lucy Chaffee. Her husband and her sister, Eldah ‘13k (Mrs. Lawrence Lancashire), are deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, November/December 1977, p. 33.
Mrs. Patricia Graff
Funeral services were Tuesday morning at First United Methodist Church for Patricia Foote Graff, 36. She died Saturday.
Born in Oberlin, Mrs. Graff had returned here from Lima two weeks ago to make her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Foote.
She was a 1962 graduate of Oberlin High School and attended Baldwin-Wallace College and Ohio Northern University.
Survivors in addition to her parents include a daughter, Rebecca, and two sons, Matthew and Christopher, all of Lima; a sister, Mrs. Louise Weaver, Oberlin, and a brother, William, San Diego, California.
Rev. Carl Beighley officiated at the funeral service. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 2, 1981, p. 7.
Agnes Schull Gramm
Agnes Schull Gramm died in Richmond Memorial hospital, Staten Island, N.Y., June 23, following an operation. Mrs. Gramm was a resident of Oberlin for many years [and an 1870 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of the Episcopal church, Sorosis, and was an artist of rare ability. Mrs. Gramm had been connected with the International Sunshine Society of New York City for 20 years as assistant treasurer. Her mother and two brothers are buried in Westwood cemetery, Oberlin.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 5, 1928, p. 1.
Grant dies at age 62
Franklin D. Grant, 62, of 26 South Cedar, died Friday morning at Elyria Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
A lifelong resident of Oberlin [and 1937 Oberlin High School graduate], he was an industrial engineer with U.S. Steel for 30 years before his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Oberlin, chapter 219 R.A.M., Pansy Chapter 34 Order of the Eastern Star, and was past master of Oberlin Lodge 380 Free and Accepted Masons. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice; son, Robert, of Oberlin; daughter, Elaine, of Lakewood; and his mother, Mrs. Josephine Grant of Oberlin.
Services were Monday morning at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Beighley officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 1, 1982, p. 2.
Miss Thirza Eunice Grant, emeritus dean of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Theresa H. Grantham
Theresa H. Grantham [nee Haynes], 30, of Oberlin, died Dec. 16 at Cleveland Clinic after a short illness.
She was born in Oberlin and lived here most of her life. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1978 and had attended Lorain County Joint Vocational School and Lorain County Community College.
She was employed as a credit manager in the Elyria office of Columbia Gas of Ohio. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was a past Royal Queen of Girls Assembly 2 and a member of Martha Chapter 35 OES.
Mrs. Grantham is survived by her husband, Kirkland O. Jr.; a daughter, DaJoune, at home; her mother, Sadie Haynes of Oberlin; sisters, Mary Zinimon of Elyria, Dale “Lena” Kimmey of San Diego, Calif., Kathy Haynes of Oberlin, Judy Bevly of Diamond, Ohio; and by brothers, Nehemiah Haynes Jr. of Youngstown, Russell Haynes of Oberlin, and Carlton and Eugene Shumate, both of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by here father, Nehemiah Haynes, in December 1982; and by her stepfather, Edward Fields, in December 1988.
Services were Friday afternoon in Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred L. Steen officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Saturday, December 22, 1990, p. 2.
Francis West Gravit
Francis West Gravit, [OHS ’24, OC ’28 died] March 12, 1993, in Bloomington, Ind., at age 88. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from U. Michigan and special language certification from U. Paris. He joined the Indiana U. faculty in 1948 and retired as full professor of French and Italian in 1975. In 1963 he received the Legion of Academic Merit from the French Ministry of Education for his leadership in the teaching of languages. He was founder and editor of the Bibliography of French Seventeenth-Century Studies from 1954 to 1966. He served during World War II as a communications specialist with the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, the former Marjorie Smith ’28.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1993, p. 30.
Constance B. Gray
Constance B. Gray [nee Crist], 82, of Lehigh Acres, died April 30, 2001. Formerly of Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1936 graduate of OHS,] she has been a resident of Lehigh Acres since 1970.
She is survived by her personal friend and caregiver Sue Eskew of Lehigh Acres, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband Nelson Gray, and son Tommy Gray.
She attended the Senior Friendship Center in Lehigh Acres, where she will be missed by her many friends.
Funeral services and burial will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2001 at Farley Memorial Funeral Home in Lehigh Acres, with Pastor Gary Warchol officiating. Entombment will follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
The News-Press, Fort Myers, Florida, Wednesday, May 2, 2001.
Edith Scott Gray
Miss Edith Scot Gray, 86, formerly of 41 Morgan, died Tuesday evening at Welcome Nursing Home, where she had been a patient for the past fiver years.
Born in Pittsburgh on Sept. 6, 1988, Miss Gray [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1907 and] received the AB degree from Oberlin College in 1911 and the MA in 1912. She then taught economics at Oberlin College for two years and was a researcher with the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union for a year before further graduate study at the University of Chicago, where she also held a teaching assistantship.
For the next 30 years she was a supervisor, doing statistical work, for the Federal Children’s Bureau in Washington, D.C. After her retirement in 1949, she returned to Oberlin to make her home.
She was a member of First Church and of the Oberlin Woman’s Club. She is survived by a host of friends but no close relatives.
There will be a graveside service on Friday at 11 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery, with Rev. John Elder officiating, and a memorial service on Monday at 11 a.m. in the First Church meeting room.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 22, 1975, p. 6.
Burbank [Ohio] -- Marceline D. Gray, 78, 2764 W. Easton Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, after a period of declining health.
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston, with the Rev. Donald Kuntz officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 6-9 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Canaan United Methodist Church, in care of Goldia Stoll, 12141 Canaan Center Road, Creston 44217.
She was born Feb. 8, 1923, in Manhattan, N.Y., to Grant and Birdelle (Holland) Dunn[, graduated from Oberlin High School in 1941] and married Merle E. Gray on Jan. 25, 1942 in Oberlin. He died Jan. 3, 1993.
Surviving are children, Robert (Lucy) Gray of Burbank, William (Sharon) Gray of Wallace, W.Va., Dorothy (Harold) Dravenstott of West Salem, Kenneth (Rhonda) Gray of Norwich, Barbara (Greg) Corp of Creston and Deborah (Kevan) Davis of Wooster; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
The Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio, Friday, October 26, 2001.
Creighton C. Green
Creighton Christopher Green, 16, a lifelong resident of Oberlin, died Thursday at Allen Memorial Hospital after being hit by a car.
He attended Oberlin High School, where he had completed his sophomore year. He was a member of the Oberlin High School Band and enjoyed playing hockey.
He worked on the greens crew of Oberlin Golf Club.
Survivors include his parents, Christopher and Suzanne (nee Ewry) Green; a brother, Aaron of Oberlin; his maternal grandmother, Shirley Ewry of Elyria; and his paternal grandmother, June Green of Avon Lake.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home.
Photograph caption: Creighton Green.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 2, 1996, p. 3.
Mrs. Willie [Winifred]
Oberlin—Mrs. Winifred Bell Green, 45, of 117 Gladys Ct., a native and lifelong resident of Oberlin, died early today in Carter Nursing Home. She had been a patient there the past month and a half.
Mrs. Green [was a 1940 graduate of OHS and] had done some substitute teaching in the Oberlin schools. She was a member of Christ Temple Church.
Surviving are her husband, Willie; seven daughters Frances Johnson and Fay Ann Green, both at home, and Mrs. Richard (Doris) Simpson, Mrs. Charles (Hattie) Parks, Mrs. Robert (Beulah) Brown, Mrs. Howard (Jennie) Ward and Mrs. Samuel (Ruth) Franklin, all of Cleveland; two sons, William and Mark, both at home, and 12 grandchildren.
Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Temple with Elder G. Grady Benton officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Cowling Funeral Home tomorrow afternoon and evening.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, October 27, 1967, p. 18.
Mrs. V. D.
Green Dies; Services Are Today
Funeral services for Mrs. Vivian D. Green, the former Beulah Virginia LaVaughna Huffman of Oberlin, will be held this morning (Thursday) in Sacred Heart church at 9. Mrs. Green was a member of Sacred Heart parish.
Born in Oberlin on April 25 1913, the daughter of Jacob C. Huffman and the late Mrs. Huffman, 60 Parkwood Dr., Mrs. Green died suddenly Saturday night from a heart attack while visiting her father. She had been in ill health for nearly ten years.
Mrs. Green had spent her entire life in Oberlin[, graduated from OHS in 1934,] and lived here on Munson Allotment with her husband. A stepdaughter, Mrs. Thomas Hampton, and her husband and four children live with the Green family.
Other survivors include Mrs. Green’s father; two brothers, Pfc. Herbert Huffman, stationed at Keesler Air Base, Miss., and Isaac Huffman of Jamaica, L.I., N.Y.; and seven sisters: Mrs. Genevieve Harris, Mrs. Gertrude Gibbs and Mrs. Elizabeth Henry, all of New York City; Mrs. Luanna Beard of Elyria; Mrs. Frances Sanders of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Mrs. Lois Boss and Ruth Payne, both of Oberlin.
Burial will be made in the family lot at Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 16, 1950, p. 5.
Former Oberlin Man [Lawrence D. Greene] And Companion Have Drowned In
Oberlin, Dec. 3—Hope that Lawrence D. Greene, former Oberlin man, will be found in the Adirondack mountains is decreasing after the discovery of a hat, a boat seat and other identifying clews floating on Basin Bay, Lake George, where Greene and a friend John J. Eden, went duck hunting on Nov. 15.
More than 100 persons joined in the search for the two men, according to reports.
Mrs. Clara Green, of 75 Elmwood Place, Oberlin, mother of the missing man, is now with her daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Greene Preeble, in Pelham.
Mr. Green was an Oberlin boy, having graduated from Oberlin high school in 1912 . In 1913 he married Miss Myrta Gibbs, of Middletown, and they have three children.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, December 3, 1926, p. 1.
Greene’s Body Is Recovered
Former Oberlin Boy Drowned in Lake George Last November Recovered a Few Days Ago
The body of Lawrence D. Greene, who was drowned in Lake George last November, was found a few days ago by the captain of a lake steamer. Mrs. Greene and two children were visiting here with his mother, Mrs. C. C. Greene, at the time. She left at once for her home in Middletown, N.Y.
Mr. Greene and John J. Eden went on a duck hunting trip last November and were caught in a squall. When they did not return home after several days, searching parties were formed and for several weeks the shores of the lake were combed. The lake was also dragged in the location where Mr. Greene’s cap was found.
Mr. Greene was agricultural agent for the O. & W. railroad and was a former manager of the Orange county farm bureau. The body was found floating in the lake about five miles from where the cap was discovered. It was identified by cards in the dead man’s clothing. His watch had stopped at 2:30 indicating the time in the afternoon when the catastrophe occurred. The body now rests in Hillside cemetery.
Renewed efforts are now being made to locate the body of Mr. Eden.
Mr. Greene went through the high school here [OHS class of 1911] and is remembered by many people. He was a large boy, head and shoulders above his companions and in his maturity measured 6 feet 6 inches. He was born to command respect and admiration and he had been successful in his business relations.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, July 15, 1927, p. 1.
Vera Dixon Greene
Vera Dixon Greene died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus. She was 45 [and was a 1975 graduate of OHS].
The granddaughter of the late Fred and Luereacia Holloway of Oberlin, she graduated from Central State University in 1980 with a degree in science. She also attended Methesco Seminary.
She was a member of First Church of God in Columbus.
Mrs. Greene is survived by her parents, William and Ada Dixon; brothers Cyril Dixon and Ivan Dixon; sister, Natalie Burley; nieces Andria, Amber, Brandy, Alaysa, Ada, Annie, Ivanna and Ianna; nephews Cyril Jr., William, Ivan Jr., and Ian; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.
Services were Thursday at First Church of God in Columbus, Bishop Timothy J. Clarke officiating. Burial was at Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 10, 2004, p. 2.
High School Boy Dies At Oberlin [Clarence
Oberlin, Ohio, June 2 – Clarence Greensdale, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Greensdale of 216 Hollywood avenue, died yesterday at Allen hospital after an illness of several months.
Clarence was born in Monroeville, Ohio, April 20, 1916, and came to Oberlin with his parents about ten years ago. He was a member of the sophomore class in Oberlin High School but because of ill health was unable to attend school this year.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Evelyn, a brother, Thomas, and a grandmother, Mrs. Emma Vail of Norwalk, also several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held Monday at the Sedgeman Funeral Parlors, the exact hour not yet definitely decided upon.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, June 2, 1933, p. 2.
Harriet Banick Gregg, 82
Tucson, Ariz. -- Harriet Banick Gregg (nee Sandrock), 82, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Oberlin, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, in Tucson.
She was born in Oberlin. She graduated from Oberlin High School, class of 1936, and Oberlin Business College.
Mrs. Gregg was employed in Lorain County and Berea before moving to Arizona in 1972.
Survivors include her husband, Harry Gregg of Tucson; daughter, Gabriella Banick of Madison, Wis.; two grandchildren; stepdaughters Cass Beckman of Berea and Lynn Gregg of Arizona; stepson, Joe Gregg of Arizona; one stepgrandson; sister, Ruth S. Piwinski of Oberlin; and brother, Earl Sandrock of Hendersonville, N.C. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lottie Sandrock, and brother, Richard Sandrock.
Memorial services were held April 18 in Tucson.
Norton Funeral Home, Wellington, handled arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, April 23, 2001
Ellen Haylor Grey
Ellen Haylor Grey, 56, died suddenly at her home, 128 Morgan, last Thursday.
Rev. David Anderson conducted a private graveside service at Westwood Cemetery Tuesday morning.
Surviving Mrs. Grey are her mother, Mrs. J.R. Haylor, 128 Morgan, and one brother, John R. Haylor Jr. of Rocky River.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 6, 1981, p. 2.
Ellen Haylor Grey died July 31, 1981, at her residence in Oberlin. She was administrative assistant in the office of the campus minister 1975-79. She was aged 56 and was born in Oberlin.
Ms. Grey [graduated from OHS in 1942,] received the A.B. from DePauw in 1946 and married Edwin P. Greb V-12 in 1947. After their divorce in 1960, she changed her name to Grey.
She leaves her mother, Margaret, and a brother, John. Her father, the late J.R. Haylor, operated Haylor’s books, stationery and gift store at 27 W. College, now the site of the Carlyle Shop.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Autumn 1981, p. 86.
Allen E. Griffin Dies Friday in Cleveland
Former Oberlin Resident Had Served Twenty-six Years in Postoffice Here
The Cleveland Plain Dealer of Saturday carried the following account of the death of Allen E. Griffin, a former Oberlin resident.
“One of Cleveland’s best known stamp collectors, Allen E. Griffin, 69, former assistant postmaster in Oberlin and later a postal employee here, died Friday at Lutheran Hospital.
“Mr. Griffin, who had been associated the last three years with the Ace Postage Stamp Co. here, was mainly interested in domestic stamp issues. The stamps he valued most were a fairly complete collection of United States stamps, consisting of regular, commemorative and revenue issues, which he collected over a period of years.
“The stamps in that collection won two prizes when exhibited before the Garfield-Perry Stamp Club in 1937. The collection was made more unusual by reason that none of the stamps comprising it were purchased.
“Mr. Griffin, who was born in Russia Township, near Oberlin, was educated at Oberlin High School (class of 1889) and Oberlin College. He was with the postoffice in Oberlin for 26 years before he was transferred to the old main postoffice here in 1917. He was later employed at the old Winton Motor Car Co.
“He is survived by his wife, Helen; a son, Carroll E. of Welland, Ont., and a daughter, Mrs. Frances Zednik, with whom he made his home at 7204 Brinsmade Avenue S. W.”
Mr. Griffin’s years in Oberlin included service during the term of Judge John W. Steele. He also served under the present postmaster, M. A. Houghton.
Mr. Houghton and Assistant Postmaster T. H. West attended the funeral services in Lakewood Sunday.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 25, 1939, p. 1.
Robin Lynn Grigsby, 38, swim program director
Lorain -- Robin Lynn Grigsby, 38, of Lorain, formerly of Oberlin, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain.
She was born March 4, 1968, in Pontiac, Mich., and lived in Oberlin for 35 years.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1986, was a varsity OHS cheerleader and sang in the choir.
Ms. Grigsby was director of the Oberlin Recreation Department's summer swimming program.
She attended Central State University, Wilberforce, where she sang in the University Choir, was a cheerleader and was in a master singing class. She was a member of Rust United Methodist Church, Oberlin, where she had been a junior usher and sang in the choir.
Survivors include her daughter, Taylor D. Grigsby of Oberlin; her parents, Meredith H. and Leona A. (nee Lewis) Grigsby of Oberlin; brothers Garry H. Grigsby of Pittsburgh and Lee A Grigsby of Cleveland; and nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by a brother, Meredith A. Grigsby; and her paternal grandparents Robert and Alma Grigsby and maternal grandparents Kenneth S. Lewis and Beulah Levertt.
Friends may call Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Rust United Methodist Church, 128 Groveland St., where services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Lorezo Smart, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trust Fund for Taylor D. Grigsby, FirstMerit Bank Oberlin Branch, 5 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074.
Arrangements by Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, Lorain.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, November 07, 2006.
Grills, Hertford resident
Arthur Evans Grills, 71, of 168 Roanoke Drive, Albemarle Plantation, died Thursday, June 2, 2011 in his home.
Mr. Grills was born in Oberlin, Ohio and was the son of the late Raymond E. and Doris Wangerien Grills [both OHS ‘34]. [He graduated from OHS in 1958.] Before retiring and moving to Hertford, he worked for 22 years with Owens Illinois in a management capacity with the Human Resources Division and later for 11 years with Pro-Tec Coating Company. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a captain in the US Air Force and served as a navigator. A member of the Hertford United Methodist Church and its Adult Choir, he also sang with the Albemarle Sounds, was a member and past president of the Hertford Rotary Club, and currently served as the assistant District Governor in Rotary.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Linda Randall Grills; a daughter, Melissa Robinson and husband, Dennis, of Chapel Hill; a son, Michael S. Grills of Omaha, Neb.; a sister, Kathi Fields [OHS ‘68] and husband, Winn [OHS ‘70], of Harrisonburg, Va.; a brother, Russell Grills [OHS ‘62] of Cazenovia, N.Y.; and four grandchildren, Austin and Blake Grills and Maia and Hannah Robinson.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Hertford United Methodist Church by the Rev. Larry Bowden. Friends may join the family Monday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Miller & Van Essendelft Funeral Home, 1125 Harvey Point Road, Hertford.
The family asks that flowers be omitted and contributions in his memory be made to either the Hertford United Methodist Church, 200 Dobbs Street, or to the scholarship fund of the Hertford Rotary Club, P.O. Box 155, both in Hertford, NC 27944.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.millerfhc.com.
The Daily Advance, Elizabeth City, N.C., Friday, June 3, 2011.
Mrs. Raymond Grills
Mrs. Raymond (Doris Wangerien) Grills, 53, of 92 Parkwood, died in Elyria Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Grills was born in Oberlin March 8, 1917 and lived here all her life. [She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1934.]
The funeral service was held yesterday in First Methodist Church. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Surviving Mrs. Grills are her husband Raymond E.; two sons, Arthur E., of Temperance, Mich. And Russell A., on leave from Vietnam; a daughter Kathie, a senior at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va.; a brother, H. Stanley Wangerien of Eustis, Fla.; and one grand-daughter, Melissa.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church Building fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 11, 1971, p. 8.
James Randall Grills
James Randall Grills of Melrose, Fla., formerly of Oberlin [where he graduated from OHS in 1970], died suddenly Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Fla. He was 51.
Born Aug. 12, 1952, in Oberlin, he lived in Melrose for the past 30 years. He worked as a cook, a jewelry maker, a carpenter, and a roofer, and was most recently employed by Green Dream Landscape Service.
He enjoyed music, art, the out-of-doors, and fishing. He was also interested in American Indian history and culture.
Mr. Grills is survived by his brothers, Richard R. Grills of LaGrange and Terry L. Grills of Wellington; and a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard R. and Doris I. (nee Fourtner) Grills.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 2, 2004, p. 2.
Marguerite E. Grills
Marguerite Evans Grills, 62, Oberlin native and teacher at Oberlin High School from 1942 to 1958, died Sunday evening at St. Joseph Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
After more than a year of failing health she had retired as professor of physical education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti in January of this year.
Funeral services, with Rev. Charles Aufdenkampe of Grace Lutheran Church officiating will be today at 11 a.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home. Miss Grills was a member of Grace Lutheran when she lived in Oberlin. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
A  graduate of Oberlin High School, Miss Grills received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1940 and her master’s from the University of Michigan in 1957. She had also studied at Miami University and Case Western Reserve University.
Miss Grills taught health, physical education and biology in her years at OHS. She was active in Girl Scout work and in church work. She was a past president of Delta Kappa Gamma, international teachers’ society, and was a member of numerous professional associations. She went from Oberlin in 1958 to Eastern Michigan University.
Surviving Miss Grills are two brothers, William of Rochester, Illinois and Raymond of Pikeville, Tennessee, three nieces and two nephews.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 15, 1982, p. 2.
Raymond E. Grills
Raymond E. Grills, an Oberlin native, died Monday at his home in Pikeville, Tennessee.
Born in 1915, he attended Oberlin High School [graduating in 1934] and Ohio State University. He was employed by the Thew Shovel Co. for 42 years, becoming general manager before retiring in 1977.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia; two sons, Arthur of Perrysburg and Russell of Cazenovia, New York; a daughter, Kathi Fields of Oxford, Ohio; brother, William of Rochester, Illinois; and five grandchildren.
A descendant of one of the area’s earliest settlers he lived for many years on his family’s farm on West Hamilton St. After his retirement he returned to his earlier interests of raising registered Black Angus beef cattle.
Funeral services will be held in Pikeville with burial in the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery in South Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 24, 1982, p. 2.
Oberlin -- Richard Randall Grills, 80, of Oberlin, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain.
He was born May 26, 1922, in Oberlin.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1940 and attended Miami University and Oberlin College. He received the bachelor of fine arts degree at Miami University in 1948 and attended Peru State in Nebraska to obtain teaching credentials.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving from 1942 to 1945 as a tail gunner on a B-24. He served in the Pacific, including the New Guinea and Papuan campaigns, and received the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Asiatic Pacific campaign medal with four bronze stars.
Grills taught at Amherst Junior High School from 1950 to 1956, when he became art director of the W.C. Bunting Co. in Wellsville. He returned to Oberlin in 1964, taught for Oberlin Junior High for four more years and then taught art at Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst, from 1968 until his retirement in 1983.
He enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, and producing art work. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2051, Wellington, and AMVETS Post 32, Elyria, and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079, Elyria.
Survivors include his sons Richard R. Grills of LaGrange, Terry L. Grills of Wellington and James R. Grills of Melrose, Fla.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Irene (nee Foultner); and his parents, Eva Dale (nee Brillhart) and Elver Delno ''Happy'' Grills.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery, Morgan St., Oberlin, with the Rev. Dr. O. French Ball, of First United Methodist Church, officiating and military honors by VFW Post 1079. There will be no visitation.
Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, is handling arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, 1-2 November 2002.
William A. Grills
William A. “Stubby” Grills of Bella Vista, Ark., formerly of Oberlin, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rogers, Ark. He was 84.
Born Nov. 21, 1923, in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1942. He enrolled in Bowling Green State University, but was drafted in the fall of 1942.
He served with the U.S. Army 5th Armored Division and landed in Normandy on June 16, 1944, where he was wounded. After recuperating in England, he rejoined his unit and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was decorated with the Purple Heart.
After his release from the Army, he attended Oberlin College and graduated with the Class of 1951. He later obtained a work/study grant from the University of Michigan, where he earned a master of public health degree.
He worked for the Lorain County Health Department, and for the city, county and district health departments. He began working for the Illinois Department of Public Health in 1964, retiring in 1988, and moved to Bella Vista in 1989.
He was a past president of the Lions in Bella Vista, past president of the Illinois Public Health Association, a board member of Concerned Citizens, and a volunteer with the Bella Vista Library.
Mr. Gills is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margie (nee Baker); and daughters Lynn Crivello of Chicago, and Abbe Fry of Tallula, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Marjorie (nee Evans) Grills; brothers, Raymond and Randall Grills, and sister, Marguerite Grills.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Lions, c/o Dennis Redenius, 34 Kelaen Dr., Bella Vista, Ark., 72715; or to the Bella Vista Library, 11 Dickens Place, Bella Vista, Ark., 72715; or to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 5248, Bella Vista, Ark., 72715.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 5, 2008, p. 2.
Emily A. Gripman
Ex-secretary, enjoyed traveling
Emily A. Gripman, 97, of Elyria died Sunday at The Elyria United Methodist Home.
Born in Cleveland, she lived most of her life in Cleveland. She lived in the homes since 1974.
Miss Gripman [graduated from OHS in 1914,] attended Oberlin College and was a secretary at Apex Electrical Manufacturing Co. in Cleveland.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Elyria and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include nephews William Kraft of Billings, Mont. and Richard Baker of Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by sisters Louise Kraft, Alice Kraft, Miriam Baker and Winifred Scott.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at the chapel at The Elyria United Methodist Home. Stacy Terrell, chaplain, will officiate.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater, Mich.
The Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria, is handling arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 27, 1994, p. D3.
Miss Jessie Griswold Dead
Government Official Formerly Pen Women President
Word was received here yesterday of the sudden death in Chicago of Miss Jessie A. Griswold at the residence of her cousin, Mrs. Martha B. Beaucock, 4208 N. Keystone avenue. Miss Griswold [was an 1887 graduate of OHS and] had long been a resident of this city.
She was past president of the League of American Pen Women and at the time of her death was occupying a responsible position with the internal revenue service at Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Funeral service will be held this afternoon in Chicago.
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Saturday, May 5, 1923, p. 3.
Ray Grocott, 81, of Rocky River, former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 2 at Fairview General Hospital in Cleveland.
Born in Barnett, England, he moved to Oberlin when he was five years old [and graduated from OHS in 1934]. He lived in Oberlin until the 1940s when he moved to Amherst. He had lived in the Cleveland area for several years.
During high school, he worked at Andy’s IGA Grocery Store in Oberlin until the late 1940s as an assistant manager. In 1954, he purchased Ray’s IGA Grocery Store in Amherst, which he operated for 10 years.
He also worked as an assistant manager at Meyer Goldberg’s in Lorain and as a bus driver and janitor for the Amherst schools.
During World War II, he served in the National Guard.
Mr. Grocott was a member of the Amherst Church of the Nazarene and also was a member and past master and 32nd degree Mason at the Oberlin Masonic Lodge 380.
He enjoyed reading, especially the National Geographic.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; daughter Diane Service of Vermilion; sons Tim Grocott and Cary Grocott, both of Bath; stepsons Larry Dawson of Arizona and Ken Dawson of Clarksfield; stepdaughters Patty Wise and Kathy Mason, both of Cleveland; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Seals of Ashtabula.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Yvonne (nee Parke) in 1971; and brothers Patrick and Perry.
Services were Dec. 5 at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, with the Rev. Richard Henry, pastor of Amherst Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 9, 1997, p. 2.
Saint Francisville -- Roland J. "Bud" Grumieaux, 75, died Saturday, July 2, 2005, at his home. [He was a 1947 graduate of OHS.]
He was a fighter pilot and retired from the Navy and he was a commercial pilot.
Surviving are his wife, Ilene; two daughters, Lynn Tredway and Teresa Breen; three sons, Richard, Dave and Robert; a sister, Beverly Drapeau; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cunningham-Nichols Funeral Home, burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice.
Courier & Press, Evansville, Illinois, Monday, July 4, 2005.
Ivan F. Grundy
Amherst — Ivan F. Grundy, 87 years of age, and a resident of Amherst, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2009 at his home following a brief illness.
He was born September 7, 1921 in Oberlin, Ohio where he was raised and graduated from Oberlin High School in the class of 1940. Ivan had made his home in Amherst for the last fifty-eight years.
Ivan served in the United States Army during World War II in the Philippines. He was employed at Thew Shovel in Lorain and as a Truck Driver at Murray Ridge for eleven years before retiring. Ivan was a member of the Amherst VFW Post #1662 and the Lorain Amvets Post #47.
Survivors include his son David Grundy of Bradenton, Florida; his daughters Linda Koba of Amherst and Sharon and her husband Glen Reiman of Olmsted Township; his grandchildren Heidi and her husband Michael Kaufman, David Grundy and his great grandson Maxwell Jacob Kaufman.
He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-four years Margaret Grundy (nee: Gottschling) on November 5, 2000; his sisters Leila Rathwell and Leota Merle [OHS ‘32]; and by his parents Ray and Eleanor Grundy (nee: Stanfield).
Friends may call Sunday, June 7, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Graveside services will be held Monday, June 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. from Ridge Hill Memorial Park; 44805 North Ridge Road, Amherst, Ohio. The Rev. N. Greenawalt, pastor, will officiate.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, June 05, 2009.
Russell M. Gulde, 78, of 1901 Singing Wood Ct., Walnut Creek, Calif., a former resident of this area [and 1914 graduate of OHS], died yesterday at 7:05 a.m. at Elyria Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gulde was visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank (Barbara) Schubert, Brentwood Lake, Grafton, when taken ill two weeks ago.
Before moving to California eight years ago Mr. Gulde operated the Chevrolet Agency in Oberlin and also was owner of the Gulde Insurance Agency in Lorain. He was a veteran of World War I.
Surviving are his wife, Gertrude V., of California; the daughter, Mrs. Schubert; two stepsons, Gordon Lewis and Roger Carter, both of California; three grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Russell D. Fulton Funeral Home, Grafton, with the Rev. Larry Black, pastor of Belden United Methodist Church, officiating. Cremation will follow.
Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow one hour before the service. The casket will be closed.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, May 6, 1975, p. 16.
Rev. Leeds Gulick
The Rev. Leeds Gulick, a missionary and former educator in Japan, died Monday at Olney, Md. He was 81 years old [and was a 1914 graduate of Oberlin High School].
Mr. Gulick was a Congregational missionary in Koyoto, Matsuyama and Okinawa. His service was interrupted by World War II. He retired in 1964.
He wrote two Japanese-language textbooks.
He leaves his wife, the former Gladys Ramsey; a son, two daughters, two brothers, a sister and nine grandchildren.
The New York Times, New York, NY, Friday, April 18, 1975, p. 36.
Leeds Gulick died April 14 at Olney, Md. He retired in 1964 after serving since 1921 (except for the war years) as educational and evangelistic missionary in Japan and Okinawa.
A fourth generation Congregational missionary, the Rev. Mr. Gulick was born in Osaka, Japan, Feb. 3, 1894. He left Oberlin at the end of his junior year to serve overseas for 13 months, five of them at the front. He studied at the Conservatory in 1918-19 and was graduated from George Williams College (then Chicago YMCA College) in 1921, majoring in boys’ work. In 1928, he received the master’s of association science from George Williams.
Mr. Gulick and his wife, the former Gladys Ramsey whom he married in 1922, represented the American Board of Missions in Matsuyama, Japan, until 1937. He was superintendent of the night school and also did social work and assisted local churches. Mrs. Gulick was superintendent of two kindergartens.
They returned to the U.S. in 1938 when Mr. Gulick accepted a call to Dowagiac, Mich., as director of adult and vocational education. During World War II he taught Japanese in the Army program at the U. of Chicago. He later served with various U.S. government agencies in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
The Gulicks returned to Japan in 1955 when Mr. Gulick became professor of applied theology at Doshisha U. and director of the theological students’ field work in churches scattered over a 300-square-mile area. Mrs. Gulick taught English at the girls’ high school in Doshisha. In 1960 they went to Okinawa where Mr. Gulick was senior missionary and responsible for 17 other missionaries.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Gulick leaves children M. Lewis, Helen Codding ’52 and Janet Brown, nine grandchildren, sister Ethel Barrow ’22 and brothers Luther H. ’14 and Sidney L. Jr. ’23. Mr. Gulick’s father, the late Sidney L., received the honorary D.D. in 1914.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May/June 1975, p. 45.
Sydney Lewis Gulick, Jr.
Sydney Lewis Gulick, Jr., [OHS ’19, OC ’23, died] February 5, 1988, in La Mesa, Calif. Born August 17, 1902, in Kobe, Japan, he received the A.M. degree from Oberlin in 1925 and the Ph.D. degree from Yale in 1931. He retired in 1969 as professor of English and dean of the college of arts and sciences at San Diego State Coll. Survivors include a son, Sidney L., III ’58; and a brother, Luther H. ’14.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1989, p. 55.
J. Burns Gunn Dies In Cleveland Hospital
J. Burns Gunn, of Cleveland, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Ross D. A. Gunn of Oberlin, died Monday morning in a Cleveland hospital. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) at the Fairhill Funeral Home in Cleveland.
A graduate of [Oberlin High School in 1908,] Oberlin College in 1913 and Western Reserve University Law School in 1925, Mr. Gunn practiced law in Cleveland.
Mr. Gunn is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Mrs. George W. Hoagland of Sandusky; two brothers, Ross of Washington, D. C., and Conner of Detroit, Mich.; and a sister, Mrs. Helen McKee of Detroit.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 2, 1950, p. 2.
Nolan Conner Gunn
Nolan Conner Gunn, [OHS ’23, OC ’28, died] Nov. 12, 1993, in Hendersonville, N.C., at age 89. He retired in 1970 as budget director of United Community Services in Detroit. Earlier, he had been a controller and accountant in industry. He held offices in Hendersonville’s Welcome Wagon Club and the Henderson County Mental Health Assoc. His wife, the former Mary McFarland ’28, survives, along with a son, two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter/Spring 1994, p. 48.
Ross Gunn, 69, Physicist, Is Dead
Naval Scientist Did Pioneer Work on Nuclear Subs
Special to the New York Times
Washington, Oct. 15—Dr. Ross Gunn, a physicist, described in a resolution submitted to Congress three years ago as one of the “true fathers of the nuclear submarine program,” died here today. He was 69 years old and since 1958 had been a research professor of physics at the American University.
Surviving are his widow, Gladys, and four sons, Ross Jr., Andrew, Charles and Robert.
Cited by Forrestal
Dr. Gunn, who held 45 United States patents, many of them contributing to the nation’s military defense, served in his long career the United States Naval Research Laboratory, the Joint Army-Navy Precipitation Project, and the United States Weather Bureau.
His work on the separation of isotopes of uranium for the atomic bomb earned him in 1945 a Distinguished Civilian Service Award from Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal. While technical adviser to the director of the Naval Laboratory, Dr. Gunn made several basic contributions to the interpretation of cosmic, solar and terrestrial electric and magnetic phenomena.
In 1963 Representative Charles S. Gubser, California Republican, introduced in the House a resolution intended to honor as “true fathers of the nuclear submarine program” Dr. Gunn and Dr. Phillip H. Abelson, a colleague of Dr. Gunn at the Naval Laboratory. The chief credit for the program had theretofore been given exclusively to Vice Adm. Hyman G. Rickover.
The resolution cited the two scientists “without detracting from Rickover’s great work” for their “foresight, ingenuity and outstanding work beginning before World War II which contributed significantly to the development of atomic power and which was the first work done in this field leading directly to the development of atomic propulsion systems for nuclear submarines and other naval vessels.”
Started on Sub in 1939
Dr. Gubser submitted supporting material establishing that Dr. Gunn had started work on atomic power for submarines in 1939 and had made suggestions to the Bureau of Ships for a propulsion plant for submarines “closely approximating the type later built into the submarine Nautilus, the first of our nuclear-powered submarines.”
A 1946 Bureau of Ships committee recommended the ship jointly designed by Dr. Gunn and Dr. Abelson but the report was shelved. Later Admiral Rickover studied the report before he established a Nuclear Power Division in the Bureau of Ships. The admiral was in over-all charge of the engineering design and construction of the Nautilus, commissioned in 1954.
Some Congressmen and Naval officers regarded Representative Gubser’s 1963 resolution as an overdue attempt to set the historical record straight but others saw in it another episode in the long and sometimes bitter feud between Admiral Rickover and other high Naval officers.
Dr. Gunn joined the Naval Research Laboratory after [graduating from OHS in 1915 and] receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Yale University in 1926. One of his many patents was for a device, developed while he was with the laboratory, that quickly detects cracks below the surface of airplane propellers and in other magnetic and nonmagnetic objects.
Served Weather Bureau
In 1946 Dr. Gunn became simultaneously superintendent of the mechanics and electricity division, the aircraft electrical research division and the physics division and technical director of the Joint Army-Navy Precipitation Static Project.
In 1955 he was appointed assistant chief of the United States Weather Bureau. Among his many contributions in this post was a suggestion that air contamination caused by industry’s smokestacks and possibly by atomic-bomb explosions might slow the formation of rain.
He said that investigation indicated a relationship between the cleanliness of air and the likelihood of rain. The dirtier the air, he maintained, the more difficult it seemed for rain droplets to form in clouds and become big enough to fall. “The world,” he concluded, “is going to have to clean up the atmosphere as a whole” if it does not want to interfere with the pattern of rainfall.
Dr. Gunn also served as a consultant to the Atomic Energy Commission, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the C. F. Kettering Foundation, which subsidizes scientific research; the Geophysical Union and the International Scientific Radio Union.
The New York Times, Sunday, October 16, 1966, p. 89.
Gutman Is Killed in New Guinea
Popular Oberlin Boy Was Due for Captaincy and Expected To Return Home Soon
Lt. Carl F. Gutman, son of Mrs. Pearl Gutman of 329 North Main street, was killed in action over New Guinea on May 15 according to an official telegram from the War Department received by his wife. The word arrived last Thursday night.
Navigator on a Liberator bomber, Lt. Gutman had been overseas since last June and had taken part in numerous bombing raids. In a recent letter home he had said that he was now going up only about once a month, and that he expected to come home on leave in August. He had 319 flying hours to his credit.
Lt. Gutman had won the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He had expected soon to receive his captaincy. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June, 1942, and was commissioned the following February.
Lt. Gutman, popularly known as “Red,” was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1935. A member of the varsity basketball team, he later kept up his interest in athletics and played on the city league basketball and softball teams. He was employed at the National Tube plant in Lorain before his enlistment.
Lt. Gutman leaves his wife, the former Mildred Krieg, who with their four-months-old son, Gary Allen, lives with her parents in Amherst; his mother; and four sisters and one brother: Walter of Oberlin; Mrs. H. J. Brotz of Cleveland; Mrs. Owen Winters, Oberlin, and Carol, 14, and Sandra, 3, at home.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 1, 1944, p. 1.
Esther M. Gutman
Esther M. Gutman, 95, of Oberlin, died Sept. 21 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Pittsfield Twp., she lived in Oberlin most of her life [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1917].
Mrs. Gutman was a nurse’s aide at Allen Memorial hospital for many years and also worked at Tressie’s Nursing Home. For several years she was a matron at the Green Acres Children’s Home.
She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Elyria and the church’s Dorcas Welfare Department.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Bishai of Stoneham, Mass., and Pauline Freas of Oberlin; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Whitney Baker of Wellington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Gutman, in 1943; and sisters Mabel Brown, in 1990, and Letta Purvis earlier this year.
Graveside services were held Sept. 23 at Westwood Cemetery with the Rev. Dewayne Smith officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the children’s department of the Oberlin Public Library.
Oberlin News-Tribune,Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 28, 1993, p. 2.