In Memoriam

Reported since January 1, 2016. *Last updated on 3/13/2021.

We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the following alumni who died since our last publication. They will be greatly missed. We apologize for any errors or omissions. Please help us stay informed by calling us at 614-338-2093 or emailing

Mary Kathryn (Orr) Ventura, Class of 1959, passed away on April 8, 2021. Mary earned her MA and PhD from OSU and was extremely proud of her family and her students and took great pride in their accomplishments.  Read her obituary here.

Harry Kooperstein, Class of 1959, passed away on March 30, 2021 at the age of 79.   He was an accomplished director, producer and trumpet player who received 17 local Emmy Awards, eight for his work on the annual Live From the Hollywood Bowl telecasts.  Read more about him here.

Richard Leroy Ruth, Class of 1945, of State College, PA, died Monday March 22, 2021.  Richard loved his pet cats and was fond of nature’s wildlife. Read his notice here.

Louis P Lowy, Class of 1958, passed away on April 7, 2021.  He was a life master in bridge, an avid skier, an
enthusiastic gardener, and an adventurer in his travels.  Read his notice here.

Deborah Subow Eisenstein, Class of 1957 passed away on March 27, 2021.  She devoted many years to tutoring English as a second language to immigrant children. Read more about her here.

Stuart Benis, Class of 1950, loving father, husband, lawyer, champion of the Constitution age 87, passed away on November 18, 2020. Read his notice here.

Dr. Mary Ruth Stauffer, Class of 1935, of went to her Lord on February 11, 2021, at the age of 103, six weeks after a positive COVID-19 test. Her beloved family and Downey community will greatly miss her generosity, the twinkle in her smile, and her spontaneous sense of humor. Read about her here.

Gary H. Baas, Class of 1955, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2021 surrounded by his family. passed away peacefully on March 10, 2021 surrounded by his family. Gary’s love of driving his classic and antique cars in the Bexley 4th of July parade was only surpassed by his love for animals. Read more about Gary’s life here.

Frederick (Fritz) L. Baas, Class of 1959, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 10, 2021. Fritz was a true believer in ‘paying forward’ from his life experiences and was always willing to impart his ‘words of wisdom’ to his children and grandchildren. Read his notice here.

Harry E. Schauwecker, Class of 1946, passed away on January 18, 2021.  While his passing is immeasurably bittersweet, those who loved him can find comfort in the cherished memory of his distinguished character, great humor, zest for life and his enduring commitment to help those around him find true success. Read more  here.

Kent Allen Tarrier, Class of 1947, passed away March 4, 2021, in Bonita Springs, Florida. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his spunk and humor, especially his quick wit. Read his obituary here.

Elias David Weinstock, Class of 2021, passed away unexpectedly at his college residence in Washington D.C. on March 3, 2021. Read his notice here.

Phyllis Rhoten, Class of 1953, of Bexley, passed away on December 21, 2020 and will be missed by friends and neighbors.  To read her notice, click here.

Marcia Abramson Barck, Class of 1950, passed away at the end of February. She enjoyed all sorts of music, attending plays and concerts, gardening, playing bridge, cooking, dining out, extensive travel and being with good friends to talk, play, laugh and love. Read her story here.

Josh Anthony Topolosky, Class of 1984, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on February 10, 2021. Josh loved music-he poured his heart and soul into it. Hunkering down in his home studio, rocking one of his several legendary guitars, and recording originals-that was when he felt the most at ease.  Read his obituary here.

Michael Mercurio, Class of 1960, age 78, passed away on January 29, 2021.  Read his notice here.

Jack Masser, Class of 1954, a very proud Bexley High School and OSU graduate, passed away on January 4, 2021.  Read his obituary here and view his service here.

Donald “Don” Merkin, Class of 1952, passed away on August 24, 2020, after a valiant 6-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was a brilliant litigator, lifelong learner, and adventurer. Don’s mind never relaxed, even after his workday. Read his obituary here.

Earl Nelson Metz, M.D., Class of 1953, of Worthington, OH, died on Saturday January 2, 2021, in Rhodes Hall of the Ohio State University Medical Center, an institution to which he had dedicated his considerable professional talents for 30 years. Read his notice here.

Jimmy Golden, Class of 1964, passed away unexpectedly on January 2nd, 2021. Affectionately known as “Joe Bear”, he ran track and field, and lettered while playing football and was voted “Class Clown”.  Jimmy also spent time with his brothers and friends, and loved drag racing his cars through the streets of Columbus which likely contributed to his lifelong love of corvette. Read his notice here.

Alice P. Duddy McCoy, Class of 1938, age 100, passed away on January 2, 2021.  The Duddy laugh has been silenced. To read Alice’s notice, click here.

Carol Lynn Hoffman, Class of 1952, passed away on December 30th in Phoenix, Arizona after a brief illness. Throughout her life, Carol acquired a wide circle of friends who along with her family, will dearly miss her humor, energy, and conversation. Read her obituary here.

Dorothy (Seelig) Greenslade, Class of 1946, of Shaker Heights passed away on January 1, 2021. She was active in her community, having served as president of the Shaker Heights High School PTA and president of the League of Women Voters of Shaker Heights.  Read her notice here.

 Jeanne (Mickler) Moser, Class of 1939, age 99, died on December 26, 2020. Jeanne moved to Columbus in 1938 when she started her senior year at Bexley High School. She met her beloved Asher when she joined the Temple Israel youth group in her senior year at Bexley and was the mother of Barbara Moser Nollman ’65 and Moser ’67.  Read her notice here.

Christine M. Foreman, Class of 1965, died December 21, 2020 in Florida. Her beautiful blue eyes and smile lit up a room. Read her notice here.

Ruth Ann (Maneely) Bull, Class of 1951, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2020 was active in Central Ohio Diabetes Association, COSI Women’s Group, Buckeye Ranch, Poors Pupils Investment Club, Welsh Society of Central Ohio, and is survived by her husband, Richard Bull, Class of 1949. Read her obituary here.

Judith Mercurio Hinkle, Class of 1958, passed away on December 8, 2020. Judith lived a life of philanthropy and also served in many volunteer capacities. Read her notice here.

Lisa Ewart Tuttle, Class of 1980, passed away on October 15, 2020.  Lisa loved flower gardening, boating and fishing, but especially spending time with her family. Read her notice here.
Kirsten King, Class of 1987, passed away on October 25, 2020.  Read her obituary and leave a note on her tribute wall here.
Matthew Brizman Marx, Class of 1983 of New Albany, OH, died Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. Beloved professor, communicator, and instructor known for his lifetime of work in Columbus for helping young people learn and prepare for college entrance examinations.  Read his notice here.
David Robert Henshaw, Class of 1980, passed away November 28 due to complications arising from Covid-19. Dave was a kind and caring man who was a devoted husband and father. Active in his community, Dave was always willing to share his time with others. Read his notice here.

Dr. David Francis Fleming, Class of 1956, of Mansfield, Ohio passed away at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital on November 18, 2020. Beloved by patients and blessed with fast friends Dave never met a stranger. Read his notice here.

Phyllis Zeiher Shanck, Class of 1945, of Fort Worth, Texas, died November 10, 2020 after a brief illness. She was a graduate Ohio State University School of Nursing, one of the first BSN programs in the country. Read her notice here.

John O. Crouse, Class of 1953, passed away peacefully in his home on November 10, 2020.  A retired judge, he was an avid outdoorsman, skilled marksman and fly-fisherman.  John’s notice can be found here.

John P. Santurello, Class of 1954, passed away November 16, 2020 at his residence. John was the Owner and Founder of Marina’s Pizza in Whitehall. Read his notice here.

Marcia R. Boehm Gary, Class of 1956, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020.  She enjoyed church, history, traveling and her family.  Read her notice here.

Dr. William Teachnor Paul, Class of 1948, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020.  His passion for the great outdoors. took him near and far; from his cabin in the Adirondacks to Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks, Canada, and the hills of southern Ohio. Read his notice here.

Class of 1930-1939

Jane Elizabeth Davis Wiseman, ’34 (5/29/19)

Betty Ann (Rohrbacher) Mercer, ’39 (9/12/19)

Jeanne (Mickler) Moser, ’39 (12/26/20)

Alice P. Duddy McCoy ’38 (1/2/21)

Dr. Mary Ruth Stauffer ’35 (2/11/21)

Class of 1940-1949

Susan Marguerite Rollins, ’42, (1/23/19)

Naomi M. Reid, ’47 (2/12/19)

Sylvia Blake ’49 (3/29/19)

Robert J. Duffy, ’43 (4/1/19)

Ralph E. Ramey Jr., ’46 (4/29/19)

Joan Eickholt Birtcher ’49 (5/11/19)

Cecil Blocker ’49 (6/23/19)

John Williams Roberts, ’49 (6/3/19)

John (Jack) McLaurin Barr, ’44 (8/7/19)

Joanne Jones Howard Hoffman ’40 (8/12/19)

Wilbur Collins, ’48 (9/11/19)

James Mossgrove ’45 (10/6/19)

Joann Baldwin Hickle, ’47 (10/9/19)

Jo-Elise May Davis ‘47 (11/3/19)

Richard E. “Dick” Neustadt, ’47 (11/30/19)

Edward M Hirsch ’49 (12/21/19)

Thomas Glidden Thornbury,’49 (12/25/19)

Mary Walker Angevine,’47 (1/18/20)

Russell “Russ” Eli Williams Jr., ’45 (2/7/20)

Carole Candace (Crumley) Paprocki, ’47 (2/10/20)

Ann Morgan Albershardt, ’47 (2/12/20)

Robert W. Weber, ’41 (4/14/20)

Jerome Hackman, ’42 (3/6/20)

Mary Elizabeth Pfanz Staffan, ’42, (5/9/20)

Martha Jane Pfanz Montany, ’42 (5/4/20)

Mary Ruth Van Matre Peterson, ’47 (6/3/20)

Lois Mae (Mickey) Williamson’42 (6/25/20)

Frances “Frankie” Polster Schottenstein ’48 (7/5/20)

Kenneth Lee Kauffman’45 (7/6/20)

William G. Barrett, ’47 (7/18/20)

Judith R. (Morganstern) Schneider’47 (8/12/20)

Norman Wayne Hanners ’49 (9/7/20)

Victor F. DeRose’ 48,(9/19/20)

Virginia “Gini” Brandt Lein ’41 (9/16/20)

Richard H. “Dick” Buchsieb ’48 (10/10/20)

Paul G. Fritsche ’49 (9/28/20)

James C. Pace ’45 (10/13/20)

Betty Lou Zimmerman ’48 (10/17/20)

William Teachnor Paul’ 48(11/4/20)

Phyllis Zeiher Shanck ’45(11/10/20)

Dorothy Seelig Greenslade ’46 (1/1/21)

Harry E. Schauwecker ’46 (1/18/21)

Kent Allen Tarrier ’47 (3/4/21)

Richard Ruth ’45 (3/22/21)

Louis P Lowy ’58 (04/07/21)

Class of 1950-1959

Elizabeth “Betsy” Nida Noethlich  ’55 (1/15/19)
Augustine Dattalo Ellis’ 51 (2/19)
Sally Kerr Byrd ’53 (1/23/19)
William F. McIver II, ’53 (4/24/19)
Robert “Bo” Newell, ’59 (5/11/19)
John C. Witherspoon, ’55 (5/29/19)
Rebecca Rosenthal Rosen, ’58
Ruthann Jarvis Furgason, ’50 (6/30/19)
Barbara Bidlak Hauser, ’53 (7/1/19)
Daniel Muriel Riffle ’53 (7/5/19)
Barbara W. Campbell ’50 (7/5/19)
Carolyn Stoddard ’56 (8/16/19)
Marilyn Jane (Janie) Anthony Lehman,’52 (9/25/19)
Suzanne “Sue” Rowe Haering, 51 (3/12/19)
Nancy Winters Ludwig ’51 (12/31/19)
Martha Lou Clodfelter Reed, ’50 (12/25/19)
William Bettridge, ’52 (3/9/20)
Carol Newhouse Young, ’54 (4/4/20)
Richard “Dick” Miller Vetter, ’55 (4/21/20)
Jane Isabelle Hoel, ’50 (4/23/20)
Bruce David Burris ’58 (4/2/2020)
Karl William Kumler ’59 (5/27/20)
David Allen Beck, ’56 (5/29/20)
Ramona Peairs Budd Adams ’55 (5/13/20)
Sharon Baas Kenney, ’57 (7/21/20)
William G. “Bill” Cones ’55 (8/5/20)
William Bettridge, ’52 (3/10/20)
Harlan Pollock ’55 (9/30/20)
Emily Schacht LeBaron ’50 (5/3/19)
Baron Wolman ’55 (11/2/20)
Allen M. Rowe ’50 (10/7/20)
Marcia R. Boehm Gary’ 56 (11/16/20)
John P. Santurello ‘ 54 (11/16/20)
John O. Crouse ‘ 53 (11/10/20)
David F. Fleming ’56 (11/8/20)
Judith Mercurio Hinkle ’58 (12/8/20)
Ruth Ann (Maneely) Bull ’51 (12/1/20)
Carol L. Hoffman ’52 (12/30/20)
Earl Nelson Metz ‘ 53 (1/2/21)
Don Merkin ’52 (8/24/20)
Jack Masser ’54 (1/4/21)
Marcia Abramson Barck ’50 (2/21)
Phyllis Rhoten ’53 (12/21/21)
Gary Baas ’55 (3/10/21)
Frederick “Fritz” Baas’ 59 (3/10/21)
Stuart Benis ’50 (11/18/20)
Deborah Subow Eisenstein ’57 (3/27/21)
Louis P Lowy ’58 (4/7/21)
Harry Kooperstein ’59 (3/30/21)
Mary Kathryn (Orr) Ventura’59 (4/8/21)

Class of 1960-1969

Alan Steven Gutter ’66 (1/25/19)

Michael Gray ’69 (2/13/19)

Jackie Forster ’65 (3/1/19)

Judy Ann Taylor Burris, ’62 (6/1/19)

Carolyn Langfitt Stoddard ’56 (8/16/19)

Robert W. Rosel II ’64, (9/30/19)

Donald Feinstein ’62 (10/15/19)

Linda Krech Archer,’67 (11/2/19)

James K. Hunter, III, ’62 (11/11/19)

Deborah “Muguet” J. (Smith) Ostaski, ’66 (11/24/19)

Diane Vorys Phllips ’64 (12/15/19)

John David Tidball ‘62 2/20

Paula Daines White ‘62 3/16/20

John Richard David ’69 (3/24/20)

Jack Simon Meizlish, ’67 (7/20/20)

Susan Elaine Weil, ’65 (8/16/20)

Carolyn Stegmiller Bolin, ’64 (8/27/20)

Jim Haunty ’60 (9/30/20)

Christine M. Foreman, ’65 (12/21/2020)

Jimmy Golden ’64 (1/2/21)

Michael Mercurio ’60 (1/29/21)

Class of 1970-1979

Robert N. “Rob” Johnson, ’74 (8/17/19)

Eric Essig ’72 (7/10/19)

Wm. Micheal “Mike” Wood’ 75 (12/30/19)

Jeffrey A. Kirn, ’72 (4/11/20)

Tom Lucktenberg, ’72, (7/12/20)

David Sachs II ’70 (10/18/20)

Class of 1980-1989

Richard Fisher ’80 (8/25/19)

Scott Thomas Elsass ’87 (11/12/19)

Lisa Ewart Tuttle ’80 (10/15/20)

Kristen King ’87 (10/25/20)

David Henshaw’ 80 (11/28/20)

Matthew Marx ’83 (12/1/20)

Josh Topolosky ’84 (2/10/21)

Class of 1990-1999

Juliette Eyen ’90 (10/18/18)

Ryan Duemey, ’94 (3/13/2019)

Jason Edward Tackett ’96 (5/25/19)

Craig A. Kleiman ’98 (12/19/19)

Jessica Lynn Jorgensen, ’94 (5/9/20)

Johanna Miller ’90 (6/20/20)


Class of 2000-2009

Class of 2010-2019

Roman Garcia ’16 (4/14/19)

Class of 2020 on

Elias David Weinstock ’21 (3/3/21)