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Perpetual memorial scholarships, A - L

Marcus Lester Aaron

Marcus Lester Aaron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 8th, 1900, the son of Marcus Aaron and Stella Hamburger Aaron.  He was the third of four generations of his family to have served as president of the Homer Laughlin China Company.

He graduated from Peabody High School in 1916.  He earned his AB degree in History from Princeton University in 1920 and an LLB degree from Harvard Law School in 1923.  Although admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that same year, he never practiced law.

Instead, at the behest of his father, Mr. Aaron came to work at the Homer Laughlin China Company in October 1923, starting in the laboratory under Dr. A. V. Bleininger before moving to the main office.  He became treasurer and then in 1940, succeeded his father as president, a position he held until his retirement in February 1989.

Mr. Aaron served as a member of the Homer Laughlin China Company Board of Directors from 1924 until his death on April 2nd, 1994.  A lifelong Pittsburgher, he commuted daily to Newell, West Virginia for more than 65 years.

Mr. Aaron was dedicated to the cause of maintaining the viability of Homer Laughlin as a going concern in the Newell-East Liverpool area.  He believed that one of the major reasons to be in business was to provide jobs for the generations of loyal employees who served the company over the years.  He was also a firm believer in the value of education and taught for a time at the University of Pittsburgh.  His father, wife and youngest daughter served for a combined total of 68 years on the Pittsburgh school board. 

The Homer Laughlin China Company is pleased to have established this scholarship fund as a fitting memorial to its longtime president.

Marcus A. Amato

Marcus A. Amato was born in Cincinnati on May 17th, 1976, a son of Dr. Jack C. and Barbara Banfield Amato. In 1995, Marcus graduated from Wellsville High School.  He attended Bethany College and earned his Bachelor’s degree in computer technologies from Kent State University.

Marcus married Tracy Reuter on September 25th, 2005.  They had two daughters: Catherine Theodora Amato and Aria Ashten Wellington.

On February 25th, 2007, Marcus died at home after a sudden illness.  He was survived by his wife and daughters; by his parents; and by his brother J. C. Amato of Wellsville.  Marcus was preceded in death by his brother George H. “Buzz” Amato.  This memorial is given by his family and friends.

Pete N. Amato

Pete N. Amato was born in Wellsville, Ohio on August 2nd, 1919, son of Nicholas and Angela Amato.  He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1938 and attended Ohio State University.

His lifelong ambition was to become an attorney.  An illness brought him home from Ohio State, and he then worked in the family-owned tavern until 1958.  In 1958, he studied real estate at Youngstown State University and founded the Pete Amato Real Estate Agency.  He continued to work actively as a real estate broker with his nephew, Charles F. Amato.

Pete was a member of many organizations, including the Wellsville Improvement Association (past president); the East Liverpool and Ohio Board of Realtors (member); the Hammond Park Commission (past member); and a long-time Democratic Precinct committeeman.  In 1961 he was appointed to the Ohio Higher Education Assistance Commission by Governor Michael V. DiSalle.

Pete always encouraged family members to pursue a higher education and, with his encouragement, several of them became attorneys serving Columbiana County.

His love of the tri-state area, together with his firm conviction that education provided a better, more well-rounded life for children, led him to launch the Pete Amato Family Foundation in May 2000.  The Foundation’s goal was to create a better future for the children of the tri-state area.  Via the Foundation, Pete was a consistently generous supporter of Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation.  He died April 29th, 2006.

Sam & Kate Amato

Sam John Amato was born January 6th, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Giachimo and Rosalia Puleo Amato.  In 1935, he graduated from Cleveland’s John Adams High School.  During World War II, Sam was stationed in Europe with the U. S. Army 89th Infantry Division.  He earned a Bronze Star for his service.

Catherine “Kate” Luckino was born June 21st, 1921 in Wellsville, a daughter of Vincenco and Delicia Roberto Luckino.  Kate graduated from Wellsville High School in 1939.  She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Chuch, the Altar of Rosary Society and Lady Knights of Columbus.  On July 4th, 1942, she married Sam John Amato.  They had four sons: Sam, Jr., Jack, Vincent and Joseph.  Upon moving to Wellsville, Sam and Kate became members of Immaculate Conception Church.

From 1945 until his retirement in 1979, Sam served as general foreman in the burning and welding shop at Crucible Steel Mill in Midland, Pennsylvania.  Sam’s memberships and affiliations included past Grand Knight 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus, council #507; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5647; American Legion Post #70; and the 89th Division Society.  

A talented chef and longtime proprietor of Kate’s Lunch, Kate retired in 1973.  In 1981, the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce honored Kate with its “Woman of the Year” award.

Sam Amato died May 24th, 2005 and Kate Amato died March 12th, 2006.  They left behind four sons, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Rita M. Anthony

Rita Fulgini was born in the Italian colony of Asmara, Ethiopia, on May 23rd, 1936 to Guiseppe and Stella Fulgini.  She earned her doctorate from the University of Bari in Bari, Italy.

On October 22nd, 1967, Rita married David N. Anthony.  The same year, they moved to Orange County, California.  They had two sons, Sean and Eric.  In California, Rita taught Latin, Italian and Spanish at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.  Rita later taught at Lakeland and Panas High Schools in Westchester, New York until her retirement in 1996, when she and David moved to East Liverpool.

Rita died suddenly September 2nd, 2007 in Pittsburgh.  She was survived by her husband and sons; her two daughters-in-law, Ellen and Karen; her grandson Kyle; and a brother, Andrea Fulgini, of Aprilia, Italy.

This memorial was established by the family and friends of Rita M. Anthony.

Zachary Allen Arner

Born on September 7th, 1983, Zachary Allen Arner was the first son of Alvin “Pete” Arner of Chester, West Virginia and Laurie Allen Brown, formerly of East Liverpool, Ohio.

Zach loved life and looked at every day as an adventure.  An avid snowboarder, Zach traveled with friends to the northeast and west, looking for the best places to have friendly competition.  He was a talented skateboarder and wakeboarder who also loved camping, boating and Frisbee.

In high school, Zach was active as a coxswain for the Wesleyville Crew in Columbus, Ohio.  Zach also loved photography and rock-climbing.  As a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Chester, Zach served as an altar boy.

True to his competitive spirit, Zach fought a courageous battle with leukemia for several difficult months from March 12th, 2003 until his death on October 9th, 2003, at the age of 20.

Zach’s best friend, by far, was his big sister Kylene.  He was loved by his stepmother Renee and he was thrilled with his new brother and sister, Ethan and Sophia, who were born in July 2003. 

Although he moved away from Chester in 1993, he made numerous trips home over the years and returned to Chester after graduating from high school.  Zach worked as a chef and was planning to continue his education by going to culinary school.  However, his illness prevented him from doing so.

Zach never met a stranger, as was evident by all those who attended his funeral services.  His family and many friends contributed to this memorial scholarship fund to help area students continue their education and keep Zach's memory bright always.

Look for the learning.

James A. & Freda K. Ashcroft

James A. Ashcroft was born on April 6th, 1914 in Rochester, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Ashcroft graduated from Rochester High School in 1931, valedictorian of his class.  He then attended the Pennsylvania State University until the Depression forced him to quit school and return home.

He married the former Freda Kiedaisch on October 11th, 1940.  They moved to the Hookstown area in 1954.  Mr. Ashcroft was a general foreman in the welded tube department of J & L Steel until his death on January 30th, 1967.

Mr. Ashcroft was very active in civic affairs.  He was instrumental in organizing the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation in the South Side area.  At the time of his death, he was president of the South Side Athletic Club, which he had helped organized.  The club sponsored Little League and Pony League baseball in the area.

Mr. Ashcroft was President of the Penn-Woods Outdoors Club; a member of the South Side School Board and chairman of its Athletic Committee; and a member of the Green Valley Methodist Church.

Freda Kiedaisch was born on November 21st, 1914 in Bridgeport, Ohio.  She graduated from Beaver High School and attended Kent State University, where she earned a state standard teaching certificate in 1935.  She married James A. Ashcroft on October 11th, 1940.

From 1935 to 1940, Mrs. Ashcroft taught in the following Greene Township schools: Upper Service, Montgomery, Mercer and Hill.

After having taken time off to marry and begin a family, Mrs. Ashcroft returned to teaching at the Reed School from 1954 to 1956.  In 1956, she began teaching in theSouth Side school district.  She returned to school and graduated from Geneva College in 1960.  Mrs. Ashcroft subsequently taught in the South Side Area schools for 27 years before retiring in July 1981.

Mrs. Ashcroft was an active member of Green Valley Methodist Church in Shippingport, the Retired Teachers’ Association, and South Side Senior Citizens. This memorial scholarship was given by the many friends of the Ashcroft family.

Dr. William S. & Libera W. Banfield

William S. “Bill” Banfield was born on June 21st, 1909 in Avonmore, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Wellsville High School and Mount Union College.  He earned his medical degree from Western Reserve University and served an internship at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was dedicated to his profession for 55 years.  His lengthy medical career was only interrupted once: when he served with the Navy in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946.  He completed his military duty as Lieutenant Commander and Chief Officer at North Carolina’s Cherry Point Marine Base.

Libera “Lib” Williams was born to Joseph and Angela Williams in Boston, Pennsylvania on June 11th, 1909.  She graduated from Kent State University and taught at the Irondale Elementary School for eight years.  She married Bill Banfield in 1936.  They settled in Irondale, Ohio and had two children, William II and Barbara.  The Banfields enjoyed 57 years of marriage.

Lib and Bill were active members of the Irondale United Methodist Church.  Lib was a member and past president of the Columbiana County Medical Auxiliary and the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary.  She was a founding member of the Irondale Book Club and a member and First Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star #567.  She served for decades as a member of the Jefferson County Election Board and was honored for her service there.

Dr. Banfield practiced medicine in East Liverpool.  He held a number of professional positions, including Medical Director of East Liverpool City Hospital; the Sixth District Director of the Family Physicians; a delegate to the Ohio American Medical Association; a member of the board of Mahoning and Shenango Health Education; and a member of the board of Northeastern University of Medicine.

Bill and Lib Banfield were quiet philanthropists, giving to others from the blessings they themselves had received.  This gave them both joy and a great sense of accomplishment.  Both Lib and Bill were people of faith, demonstrated through a life of love and service.

James W. Batey, Jr. & Elizabeth K. Batey 

James Willard "Jim" Batey, Jr. was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on September 21st, 1921. He graduated from East Liverpool High School and then from Grove City College. 

Anna Elizabeth "Betty" Knapp was born in Pittsburgh on September 18th, 1920, to Anna Elizabeth and Joseph Scott Knapp. She met Jim Batey when they were both students at Grove City College. They married September 8th, 1943, residing in East Liverpool until they moved to Naples, Florida in 1989.

While Mr. Batey served his country during World War II, Mrs. Batey taught French and English at both the high school and college levels, the latter of which she did at the University of Mississippi. The Bateys reared two daughters: Susan and Barbara.

Upon returning to East Liverpool, Mr. Batey resumed employment at the Sterling China Company, founded by his uncle, C. C. Pomeroy.  He subsequently purchased Kingwood Ceramics, Inc. in East Palestine, Ohio.  At Kingwood, Mr. Batey served as Chief Executive Officer until his death on January 6th, 2002. Mrs. Batey died on March 1st, 2016. They were survived by their daughters, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 

The Bateys both felt that education was a vital element of success.  Their family and friends established this scholarship in their memory. 

Deepuk Bir Batish

The name Deepuk means “light” in Hindi, and Deepuk was that to all those whose lives he touched.  Deepuk was born in White Plains, New York on December 16th, 1976—the beloved younger son of Dr. Dharam Batish and Shashi Batish.  He was reared in East Liverpool, Ohio and graduated from Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1995.  At Sewickley, he was named the MVP in both tennis and field hockey.

In 1999, Deepuk graduated from Maryland’s Goucher College with a degree in marine biology.  He was passionate about protecting sharks and studied them first-hand by scuba diving in Honduras.  In 2000, Deepuk worked as a scientific observer for the National Marine Fisheries near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, where he lived and worked on fishing vessels. 

Upon returning to Ohio, he was preparing to enter medical school at Ohio University or the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Deepuk passed away April 1st, 2001, after being hit by a car while hailing a cab for friends. 

Although only 24 when he passed away, Deepuk was a man of many accomplishments.  His greatest gift was his ability to connect with everyone he met.  His deep compassion and understanding of humanity was always apparent, tempered by his amazing sense of humor.  He loved everyone and always made an effort to visit friends and family.  No matter where he was, he was there to volunteer his help.

Deepuk was the delight and joy of his family.  One always knew when he was home because the house rocked with music and laughter.  Funny, warm, affectionate and deeply compassionate, Deepuk made everyone feel richer for having known him.  He is greatly missed by all.

Dr. Robert J. Beals & Lois I. Finley Beals

Robert Jennings “Bob” Beals was born in Decatur, Illinois on November 12th, 1923, son of William Jennings Bryan Beals and Hesper Helen Buffenmeyer Beals.

After serving with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 to 1944, he went on to the U. S. Military Academy from 1944 to 1945.  He also served with the Illinois Army National Guard and the Ohio Army National Guard.  He served as Commanding Officers of the 112th Engineer Battalion. 

At the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, he earned a Bachelor of Science (1947), a Master of Science (1950) and a Doctorate (1955), all in areas of study having to do with ceramic engineering, chemistry and glass technology. 

Lois I. Finley was born in Bridgeport, Illinois on August 21st, 1927, a daughter of Robert Finley and Bessie Elizabeth Sunderland Finley. She earned two degrees from the University of Illinois: a Bachelor of Science (1948) and her Master of Science (1950). She and Bob Beals married in 1952 and moved with their family to East Liverpool, Ohio in 1972. Dr. Beals served as the Hall China Company's Director of Research and Development (1972–2001).

Mrs. Beals was an assistant professor of foods and nutrition at Northern Michigan College of Education. She also served as a research dietitian at the University of Illinois. After having moved to East Liverpool, Mrs. Beals worked as the home economics and learning disabilities teacher with the East Liverpool City Schools (1976–1994).

In addition to other civic work, both Dr. and Mrs. Beals served the Rotary Club of East Liverpool as president.  He also served as Governor of Rotary District #6650 and as a Fellow, Benefactor and Major Donor of Rotary International.  

Dr. and Mrs. Beals were longtime members of St. John Lutheran Church, where he served as vice-president (1973 – 1975) and treasurer (1975 – 2004) and she served as church organist (1981 – 2012).

Dr. Beals died on February 28th, 2004 and Mrs. Beals died on June 8th, 2014.  They are survived by their three children Catherine Beals Mekus, Robert J. Beals II, and Nancy Beals Quimby and by seven grandchildren. This scholarship was established by the Beals' family members and friends.

Robert W. Beatty, MD

Robert W. Beatty was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on May 30th, 1941 to Robert Fisher Beatty and Olive Louise Walker Beatty. After having graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1959, he attended Culver Military Academy. He earned his BA from Ohio State University in 1963 and went on to graduate from the Ohio State University College of Medicine as well in 1967. 

During the Vietnam War, Dr. Beatty served as Captain with the Berlin Brigade in Germany, 4th Battalion, 18th Infantry. During his time in Germany, Dr. Beatty was on a four-man athletic team which was given the German Sports Badge. They were the first Americans ever to accomplish this feat.  

Dr. Beatty married Anita Mack on November 12th, 1965. They had two children: Dan and Annaliese.

In 1975, Dr. Beatty and his family returned to East Liverpool, where he opened his private practice. Dr. Beatty served on the medical staff at East Liverpool City Hospital (ELCH). From 1992 until his death, Dr. Beatty served as chairman of the ELCH Department of Internal Medicine. He served as the president of the Peer Review Board for many years, overseeing every doctor licensed in Ohio. 

In his free time, Dr. Beatty was a stamp collector and a dahlia enthusiast who grew and showed the flowers. He made it a practice to hike regularly in America's national parks. 

When Dr. Beatty died suddenly on March 2nd, 2014, he had been seeing patients and keeping his usual schedule just two days beforehand. He was survived by his wife and children. 

Nancy Beaver

Nancy Cole Beaver was born in Gilmer County, West Virginia on November 25th, 1938.  She graduated from high school in Troy, West Virginia, where she played French horn in the band. 

Nancy was awarded a full scholarship at West Virginia University, from which she graduated with a degree in music.  Her first teaching job was at Westgate School in East Liverpool.  She went on to teach first grade at West Point. Nancy was a devoted member as well as director of the Sweet Adelines, a choral group.

While making doughnuts, Nancy was burned badly in an explosion.  She was pregnant at the time, and was rushed to the hospital where she delivered a baby girl.  Nancy later died from her burns on January 25th, 1969 at the age of 30.  She left behind a son, Patrick, and newborn Melodie Sue.

The want of learning is a calamity to any people.

Robert & Janet Beck

Robert C. “Bob” Beck was born in Hookstown, Pennsylvania in 1934 and was reared, along with his sister, by their grandparents.  Mr. Beck joined the Army instead of finishing high school, but he was always well-read and interested in education.  Mr. Beck worked for many years at Crucible Steel.

Janet Simmons was born in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1934.  She graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1952, following in the footsteps of her mother, Dorothy Smith, who graduated from the same school in 1928.

After high school, Janet began nursing school, but chose to get married to Bob Beck rather than finish her nursing degree.  In the 1960s, Janet Simmons Beck went back to school and became a licensed practical nurse, eventually spending many years working at Ross Nursing Home.

Education was always of greatest importance in the Beck household, and not going to college wasn’t even a consideration for the Becks’ daughter Debbie.  Debbie graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1972.  Her parents happily paid for her education at Kent State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in education.  Her parents later helped to finance her graduate work as well.

Unfortunately, Mr. and Mrs. Beck were heavy smokers and both were diagnosed with lung cancer in 1999.  Mrs. Beck died in August 2000 and Mrs. Beck passed away just one month later.

Though neither Bob nor Janet were well-educated, they understood the importance of education.  They felt lucky to be able to provide an excellent education for their daughter, knowing many other people could not do the same for their children.  The Becks would be proud to know that through the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation, they are providing help to bright and eager students who need a financial boost.

D. V. "Dike" & Irma Beede

Irma Adelle Johnson was born on January 5th, 1903 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Samuel and Carabelle Henry Johnson.  She was graduated from Rayen High School in 1921 and went on to attend Ohio University.

As a girl on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, Irma lived next door to the young man who would later become her husband: Dwight Vincent “Dike” Beede.  They married in July 1932.  At the time, Irma had been teaching the daughters of the Mellon family at the Brashear’s School for Girls in Pittsburgh, but had to resign because married women were not permitted to teach at that time.

Irma was a gifted musician and played the piano for area shows, dance studios and the silent theatre, as well as for area music stores when customers wondered how a certain piece of sheet music sounded.  She also accompanied her husband by playing in the background for his weekly radio show. 

Irma and Dike had three children: Rudd Beede, Gretchen Beede (Dawson) and Susan Beede (Stephens).  They reared the family in their home on Glenwood Avenue, part of which had been sectioned off into a yarn shop where Irma taught knitting.  This became especially important during the war years, when women on the home front were sending warm knitted clothes to the soldiers.  By this time, Dike was coaching football at Youngstown College (later Youngstown State University), where he had started the program in 1938.  He also taught forestry at the college in the 1960s, and was named to Ohio's Forestry Advisory Council in 1971.

It was in the 1940's that Irma earned a place in sports history when she stitched the very first penalty flag, made of cloth taken from an old Halloween costume.  She did this at the suggestion of her husband; he was trying to find a way to visually signal a penalty while allowing play to continue.  During these years, it was standard for a horn to be blown at the time of a penalty, and the sound often was confusing to spectators and players alike.  The bright red-and-white flag sewn by Irma was a clear sign that a penalty had occurred.  It became a universally-recognized symbol that soon earned Irma the moniker “the Betsy Ross of football."

In 1950, the family built a home and relocated to a 125-acre tree farm along the banks of Little Beaver Creek in Elkrun Township.  Irma, who had completed three years of college at Ohio University in the 1920s, finished her degree at Youngstown State University following the death of their son Rudd.  Because of Rudd’s poor eyesight and subsequent reading difficulties, Irma decided she wanted to teach other exceptional children.  She earned her certification and became a beloved teacher at nearby Elkton School (in the Beaver Local school district).  She later taught in the Lisbon and Boardman districts, becoming one of the first special education instructors in the area.

Irma passed away in August 1969 following a lengthy illness. Dike died in December 1972. This memorial scholarship was given by their family members and friends.

H. Arthur Bellows, Jr.

H. Arthur "Art" Bellows, Jr. was born in New York City on March 10th, 1938 to Howard Arthur Bellows, Sr. and Rita Maffitt Bellows. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy (1956) and Princeton University (1960) before earning his MBA at Harvard University (1964).

Art served as a Lieutenant JG in the Navy aboard the U. S. S. Midway aircraft carrier (1960 – 1962) and later founded the Triangle Corporation, maker of hand tools. He also served as CEO and chairman of Triangle. He founded Braeburn Associates in 1999. Art served on multiple corporate and educational boards.

In addition to being an expert skier, Art enjoyed early-morning swims and playing tennis, squash and golf. 

When Art died on March 20th, 2014, he left behind his wife of many years, Mary Josephine "Jody" Boyd Bellows, his children Maffitt, Alex, Hillary, Jennifer and Heather, and several grandchildren. 

John Bever

John Bever, an early founder and leading citizen of Columbiana County, Ohio, died May 28th, 1836.  He left funds to be held in trust “for the education of Youth.”  When publicly-funded education was mandated by Ohio law, the Neville Institute School, which was supported by the Bever Trust, became inactive.

The trustees of the Bever Trust Fund could see no suitable alternatives.  On October 28th, 1975, Probate Court Judge Guy J. Mauro ruled, in cooperation with and at the request of the trustees, that the local Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation should thereafter receive the income from said fund, to be used for “worthy, needy students and who are residents of the City of East Liverpool and/or Liverpool Township.”

The Foundation is grateful to the trustees, Judge Mauro, and especially to John Bever for this opportunity to aid in the use of these funds for education.

Emily Bickerton

Emily Marie Bickerton was born September 3rd, 1981 to David and Melody Bickerton.  A week after graduating from East Liverpool High School, she was in a car accident on her way home from a college orientation session.  Emily died June 12th, 1999.  This scholarship was created in her memory.

Dr. Norman Birnbaum

Norman Birnbaum was born in New York City on March 29th, 1920. His parents were Dora Safir Birnbaum and Harry Birnbaum. He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS. During WWII, Dr. Birnbaum helped to establish dental clinics in the Phillipines.

He met his wife, Stella Cornrich, at OSU. They married in June 1944 and after WWII, settled in East Liverpool, Ohio, Mrs. Birnbaum's hometown. Dr. Birnbaum established his private practice in East Liverpool. He and his wife had two children, Neal and Nancy.

Dr. Birnbaum was very active at East Liverpool City Hospital, where he served on the medical executive committee (1961 – 1994). He and his family attended services at Beth Shalom, where he spent decades on the board of trustees. 

The Birnbaums moved to Florida in 2006. When Dr. Birnbaum died on June 25th, 2012, he was survived by his wife Stella – to whom he was married for 68 years – their children Neal and Nancy, and two granddaughters. This memorial scholarship was established in Dr. Birnbaum's name by his family and friends.  

Robert E. Boyce

Robert E. “Bob” Boyce of Chester, West Virginia was known for his smile, his spare figure, and his wry sense of humor.  Bob was a potter, banker and longtime civic leader.  He left an indelible mark on those who, over the years, benefited from his generosity and leadership. 

He attended Kiski Preparatory School and then went on to Mount Union College.  He graduated from Alfred University in 1927 with a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering.  He was president of his college class and later served on the school’s board of trustees.

Bob returned to Chester to following in the footsteps of his father at Harker Pottery.  He was named general Manager of Harker Pottery in 1939, and served as its president (1949 – 1958).  In 1958, he became president of the First National Bank of East Liverpool.  Later he was named chairman of the board and served until April 1st, 1984, when the institution became part of Bank One of Eastern Ohio, NA. Bob died on May 17th, 1984.

Education costs money, but then, so does ignorance.

Gerald Francis & Louise Vodrey Boyd

Gerald Francis "Jerry" Boyd was born November 29th, 1906 in East Liverpool, Ohio, a son of Benjamin T. and Carrie A. Brister Boyd.  He graduated from East Liverpool High School and from Ohio State University.

Mr. Boyd began his career as a member of the advertising staff of the East Liverpool Review.  He went on to join the staff of the Portsmouth Times and served as manager of radio station WPAY in Portsmouth.  Mr. Boyd was active in his church and served in leadership roles in a host of community organizations.  The Boy Scouts of America presented him with the Silver Beaver Award in honor of his long and devoted service.  

Margaret Louise Vodrey, known to all as Louise, was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on February 23rd, 1910, the daughter of Emma Josephine (Dorothy) Kelly Vodrey and William Henry Vodrey, Jr. She graduated from the Dana Hall School and attended the College of William and Mary, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Louise married Jerry on October 5th, 1935.  In 1939, they moved to Portsmouth, Ohio and reared their three children: William Franklin “Bill” Boyd; Mary Josephine “Jody” Boyd; and Theodore Vodrey “Ted” Boyd.

Mrs. Boyd was avidly interested in supporting both her community and her church, the Second Presbyterian Church of Portsmouth.  She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, Florida.

Having spent much of her childhood exploring the beauties of the village of Fredericktown and her family’s farm, Beaverkettle, Mrs. Boyd retained a lifelong interest in nature and was especially knowledgeable about birds.  She was known for her radiant smile, her loving nature and her sincere interest in others.

Mr. Boyd died January 15th, 1973. Mrs. Boyd died April 29th, 2003.  This memorial was established in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd by members of their family and their many friends.

John W. Boyd

John W. Boyd, a son of Benjamin T. and Carrie A. Brister Boyd, was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on December 3rd, 1908 and passed away at the age of 64.

Mr. Boyd lived in the East Liverpool area for most of his life.  He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in Education.

He began his career working in the local potteries, then went on to work at the Firestone and Goodyear stores.  He worked for over 20 years as a teller at Potters Bank and Trust Company.

Mr. Boyd was a member of the First Methodist Church of Chester, West Virginia;  the Chester Masonic Lodge; and the Chester Kiwanis Club.  He was also a member of the Hancock County (West Virginia) Board of Eucation.  In this capacity, he spent a great deal of time working on a major project of the board: the formation of Oak Glen High School, a consolidation of Chester, Wells (Newell), and New Cumberland High Schools and the new Weirton High School.  

With this memorial, his family honors him and continues his important work of helping the students of Hancock County.

William Franklin Boyd

William Franklin “Bill” Boyd was a son of Gerald Francis and Louise Vodrey Boyd of Portsmouth, Ohio.  He was a 1960 graduate of Ohio State University. Bill was in his final year at Stanford Law School in 1963 when he was killed in an automobile accident while driving to a job interview in Los Angeles.

Bill died at the age of 24 without having had a chance to serve his fellow citizens in the manner in which it is certain he would have been capable. He was so well-loved that both a nephew and a cousin were named for him. This memorial has been created by his family and his many friends.

William H. & Geraldine E. Bricker

William H. “Bill” Bricker was born in Mansfield, Ohio on January 19th, 1912 to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bricker.  In 1935, Bill’s family moved to East Liverpool and established the Isaly Dairy Store.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church and served in World War II for three years in Europe.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #4 and the VFW Post #66.

Geraldine E. Schwab was born on May 27th, 1909 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, daughter of Richard and Mary Frances McCoy Schwab.  She married William H. “Bill” Bricker on June 28th, 1946. Gerry and Bill had no children of their own.  

Geraldine—known as Gerry to family and friends—spent thirty years working for the Montgomery Ward Company and the former D. M. Ogilvie Company.  She was a member of the East Liverpool Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Beaver Rural Garden Club, and the Wellsville Historical Society.

As a longtime animal lover, Gerry was a patron of the Humane Society.  She also provided generous support to the Wellsville Historical Society, the Salvation Army, and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she worshipped for many years.  She had a gift for knowing when people were in need and then helping them.

Bill passed away August 29th, 1990. Gerry died April 5th, 2004. Gerry established the William H. Bricker Scholarship after her husband's death and then in her will, endowed the William H. & Geraldine E. Bricker Scholarship.

Betty M. Brown

Betty M. Brown was born in Elkins, West Virginia on February 15th, 1918.  In her early 20's, she moved to Akron, Ohio.  She worked for the Goodyear Tire corporate offices for over four decades.  Betty never married or had children.  She was a devoted caregiver to her widowed mother.

Although she was not a college graduate, Betty delighted in learning and was an avid reader.  She was a Presbyterian and lived a long, faithful life until her death in 2003.  This memorial was established by her cousin, Dawn Morse.

Betty Josephine Buben

Betty Josephine Buben was a daughter of Joseph L. and Elva Fay Buben.  She spent her entire life living in the Newell, West Virginia area.  

After graduating from Wells High School in the 1940s, she attended West Liberty State College on an art scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.  She earned a Masters and a PhD from West Virginia University.  Betty taught science for decades at the elementary, junior high and high school levels.

In addition to her teaching career, Betty served as principal at Newell’s Jefferson Elementary School.  During the summers, she worked for the Hancock County Tax Office as a field deputy.

Betty’s professional and civic memberships were many.  She belonged to the regional high school principals’ association and served as president of the state elementary principals’ association; the East Liverpool Child Counseling Center; the Red Cross; Women’s Club in Newell and Chester; Business and Professional Women’s Club; and after retirement, state representative in the West Virginia Retired Teachers and Personnel Association.

Betty often served as a parade and competition judge.  She was a member of educational committees and panels for former West Virginia State Senator and current West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Albright.

For many years, Betty attended the Church of Christ in Newell, for which she served as treasurer for over two decades.  Towards the end of her life, Betty was a member of the Methodist Church in Chester.

Betty died July 20th, 2006.  She was survived by her brother Joseph, sister Martha, nephew Herman Dingess, Jr., niece Jennie Fae Dingess, and several cousins.  Her family established this memorial in her name out of appreciation for her long-term involvement in education.

The Bucher family

Paul Bucher (1891 – 1969) was the youngest of 11 children born in a log cabin on a Beaver County, Pennsylvania farm.  His parents were Sarah Elizabeth Poe and Washington Bucher, a carpenter who built barns.

When Paul was about two years old, the Buchers moved to a home his father had built at 1028 St. Clair Avenue in East Liverpool, Ohio.  From the age of 11, Paul worked every summer full-time in the potteries.  After high school, he worked five years on the night shift in an Ohio River power plant, where he witnessed the death of a man in a boiler explosion caused by lack of a safety valve.

At 23, he entered Ohio State University, paying all his own expenses from his savings.  He was a pitcher on the university baseball team and earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1918.  Paul taught at Ohio State for more than forty years, becoming one of the country’s foremost safety valve experts, as well as a pioneer advocate of air pollution prevention.  He was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and a member if Sigma Xi.  During his lifetime, he helped to finance college educations for eight people.

His sister, Alice Bucher Carson, was widowed when her husband Jess drowned in the Ohio River.  A short time later, their young son—an only child—died of pneumonia.  Alice was a secretary in East Liverpool’s Jones, Hill & Davidson law firm until retirement.  She died in 1962.

Paul and Alice’s other siblings were William, Harriet, Isabel (Belle), Jeff, Florence, Ray, Edna, Sam and Joe.  Among their illustrious descendants, a few local names stand out.  Belle’s daughters Isabel and Edna Clouse taught for decades at East Liverpool High School.  Her son Ray Clouse was an architect and minister who designed the rose window of the Nazarene Church on St. Clair Avenue in East Liverpool.  Ray’s son Norman Bucher served as East Liverpool’s mayor for many years.

Posthumous income from Alice Bucher Carson’s inheritance of part interest in the Carson oil field in Pennsylvania is the basis of this memorial, established by Mary Alice Bucher Fisher of Columbus, Professor Bucher’s daughter, and by Florence Burington Bucher, his widow.

When schools flourish, all flourishes.

Robie Burnett

Melbourne "Robie" Burnett was born in East Liverpool, Ohio in May 1944, to Dr. Melbourne P. Burnett and M. Patricia Burnett.

After having attended schools in Rhode Island and West Virginia, Robie enrolled at the newly-opened Beaver Local High School in Lisbon, Ohio. He enjoyed being involved with Latin Club, Thespian Club, football and wrestling. His hope was to someday go to the University of Michigan Law School.

Robie Burnett came down with encephalitis and died in March 1959 at the age of 14. 

Judge Raymond S. Buzzard

Raymond Samuel “Ray” Buzzard was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on December 14th, 1903.  As a young man, he played semi-pro baseball as an outfielder in the Ohio, mid-Atlantic and Pennsylvania leagues.  He was a member of the East Liverpool Area Baseball Old Timers Association and a lifelong sports enthusiast.  

He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1921 and attended the Adelbert College of Western Reserve University (now known as Case Western Reserve University).  He later entered the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law of Western Reserve University.

Following his graduation from law school, Attorney Buzzard became associated with the law firm of Vodrey, Vodrey, Buzzard & Shay.  He engaged in the practice of law until 1957, when he was elected judge of the Columbiana County Pleas Court.  Judge Buzzard served as common pleas judge with distinction for 16 years, retiring from the bench in December 1974.

After his retirement, Judge Buzzard served as a visiting judge on special assignment to the First District Court of Appeals of Ohio, as well as on special Common Pleas Court assignments throughout Ohio.  Judge Buzzard was also elected to the East Liverpool Charter Commission in 1978, and served as its Chairman in 1979. Judge Buzzard was active in a host of civic affairs. He was a member of the Columbiana County Bar Association; the American Bar Association; the Riverview Cemetery Association; the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Rotary Club of East Liverpool.

Judge Buzzard served on the East Liverpool Board of Education from 1940 to 1952, and was its president from 1942 through 1950.  He was also a past president and life member of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, and was awarded the East Liverpool Jaycees Civic Service Award in 1982.

Judge Buzzard’s family, friends and associates established this scholarship in his memory following his death in February 1983.

J. Burchfield & Elizabeth Krise Cartwright

Joseph Burchfield “Burch” Cartwright was born in East Liverpool on June 16th, 1915, in the family home where he lived most of his life.  His parents were Dr. Joseph M. and Mary Adams Cartwright.  Burch graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1934, from the Kiski School in 1935, and then from Princeton University.

Elder of the two daughters of Raymond Worth and Florence Shimer Krise of Milton, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth “Betty” Krise was born on May 5th, 1920.  Betty majored in chemistry at Wellesley College, graduating in June 1942.  Burch Cartwright had the good fortune to meet her during her college years.

Burch and Betty married on February 7th, 1943 in Philadelphia, a little over a month before he departed overseas for a three-and-a-half years of service in the Army Air Corps.

During World War II, Burch served in the Air Corps as Major and Squadron Commander in the Army Airways Communications System in North Africa.  Betty continued her employment in the pigments laboratory of E. I. DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, paid off her husband’s college loans, and saved for their future together. 

After the war, the Cartwrights moved to Newell, West Virginia, where they had three children: Peter, Mary and Amy.  Betty taught Sunday school and participated in church and community service. Once the Cartwrights moved back to East Liverpool, Betty continued to teach Sunday school.  At the same time, she commuted to Geneva College to earn her teaching degree so she could supplement the family resources to ensure a college education for all three children.  

After the war, Burch resumed work at the Homer Laughlin China Company, where he ultimately spent four decades.  He served as assistant plant manager and then as director of personnel and labor relations.

Burch was an active member of the community.  He and Betty were longtime members of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church and of the East Liverpool Country Club.  Burch was active in Rotary and served on the board of Carnegie Public Library.  He founded the Memory Lane Dance Club and took great pleasure in his work as an amateur stonemason and arborist on his Elysian Way property in East Liverpool.  It says a great deal about Burch’s world view that when a violent windstorm felled some beloved trees in his yard, he had a carpenter create handsome new kitchen cabinetry from the wood.

After 12 years, Betty was forced to cease public teaching because of failing eyesight, but she then taught in the Laubach Literacy Program as long as she could.  Her last community service was with the East Liverpool City Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, volunteering at the reception desk while concealing as much as possible the devastating effects of Parkinson’s Disease from which she died on July 15th, 2000.  Burch died three years later.

This memorial honors a well-loved pair of parents and community members.  Burch and Betty are sorely missed.

Lisa Ann Casseday

Lisa Ann Casseday was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on November 7th, 1967 to Everett Keith and Virginia Casseday.

Lisa was a member of the East Liverpool Middle School and East Elementary School bands.  During her freshman year at East Liverpool High School, Lisa belonged to the Pep Club and was a member of the East Liverpool High School Choir.  Lisa was co-captain of the East End Red Devil Football Team and a cheerleader for the league for three years.  Lisa loved sports, and was involved in hockey and basketball at the middle school.  Lisa was consistently an honors student. She was a member of the Boyce United Methodist Church from childhood, and later attended the Church of God.

On March 11th, 1983, Lisa was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 15.  Many of her organs were donated, helping to prolong and improve the lives of four other fortunate people.

This memorial contribution was given by her parents, family and friends.  Their support of education provides worthy students with the means to discover educational benefits, which would have greatly pleased Lisa.

Richard Lawrence & Mary Stone Cawood

Richard Lawrence Cawood was born in Belpre, Ohio in 1882.  He lived in East Liverpool for over 80 years.  Although he lacked a formal education, Mr. Cawood pursued a course of self-education by means of correspondence courses, traveling and vast amounts of reading.  He designed, patented, and produced ceramic products and machinery for the processing industries.

The Patterson Foundry and Machine Company grew under his leadership.  He organized the former Kenilworth Tile Company of Newell, now owned by New Castle Refractories.  He also organized the American Paper Products Company and Postal Church Service.  Mr. Cawood was a former president of the Potters Bank and Trust Company, and was one of the organizers of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Stone was born in Empire, Ohio and spent most of her life in East Liverpool with her husband, Richard Cawood.  She was active in the First Methodist Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and many civic organizations.

Mr. and Mrs. Cawood both believed that education was never-ending and all-important.  They found great enjoyment in art, history, and architecture, and believed in the principles of education, knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment.

Thaddeus "Dick" Chamalian & Bernadine Williamson Cunningham

Thaddeus “Dick” Chamalian was born in New Jersey in 1909 and later moved to this area, where he spent the rest of his life.

Dick served as the parish visitor of the First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool from September 1978 until his death in December 1980.  When members of the church described Dick Chamalian, they used words like hard-working, energetic, friendly, enthusiastic, compassionate, challenging, joyful, scholarly, thoughtful, stubborn, faithful, dedicated, and loving.  All agreed that Dick was a rare and beautiful person—a Christ-like Christian.

Bernardine Williamson was born on June 3rd, 1913, a daughter of Dr. Joseph T. and Mabel Williamson.  She graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1931 and from Muskingum University in 1936.

In 1920, Bernardine became a member of the First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool.  She was a member of the Naomi Circle, the Esther Bible Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Bernardine taught school for 22 years and was principal at Taft Elementary School for five years, retiring in June 1957.  She married Lloyd R. Cunningham on July 6th, 1957.  At church, she taught the Fidelis Sunday School Class from 1965 to 1980.  

Bernardine died on June 5th, 1982.  This memorial was created by her husband Lloyd and the members of the First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool to honor both Dick and Bernadine.

Dane N. Chicarello & Erin M. Kenny

The South Side High School Class of 1988 established this scholarship in memory of two of their classmates, Dane N. Chiccarello and Erin M. Kenny.  These two fine friends will not be forgotten.  

He who loves reading has everything within his reach.

Raymond L. Clendenning

Raymond Lewis “Ray” Clendenning was born in East Liverpool on February 26th, 1915, son of Raymond and Elizabeth Lewis Clendenning. He was a 1933 graduate of East Liverpool High School.

Ray served for more than three years in the South Pacific with the U. S. Army, 37th division, 145th infantry. He was involved in major battles in Bougainville, Guadalcanal, New Georgia and Munda.

Ray married Juanita M. Torrence on June 15th, 1945. They reared two children: Linda and Roger.

Ray was a member of the First Church of Christ (Disciples) for more than fifty years. He served there as a trustee and deacon.  He was an avid golfer. After having spent two decades as design manager at Riverview Florist, Ray opened Ray Clendenning Florist in 1959. 

Ray died February 25th, 2006. This memorial scholarship was created by his family and friends.

Dr. Arthur & Sara Ryan Cloran

Sara “Sally” Ryan was born in East Liverpool on September 9th, 1925 to T. Gerald and Sara Smith Ryan.  She was a 1944 graduate of East Liverpool High School.  She attended Hood College in Fredericksburg, Maryland and maintained an interest in education throughout her life.

Sally married Dr. Arthur J. Cloran on April 12th, 1950.  Together they had three children: Wini, Courtenay and Michael.  The family were members of St. Aloysius Community Parish, where Sally served on the church council.

Sally was a charter member of the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now the Tuition Mission Foundation) and served as vice-president of the foundation for many years.  She also maintained membership in the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and worked hard to help make it the success it is today.  She worked as a volunteer parent in the Beaver Local schools and was a member of the Ohio State Alumni Association and the Buckeye Club.

She was proud to be a third-generation member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and held DAR offices on both the state and local levels.  Sally was active with the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary; the Columbiana County Board of Elections; the Salvation Army; and the East Liverpool Area Red Cross.  She served on the boards of the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.  In addition to her considerable volunteer work, Sally enjoyed membership in the Monday Literary Club and the East Liverpool Country Club.  She was a skilled and avid bridge player.

Sally died on December 13th, 2006.  This memorial was established by her family and many friends.

Doris Coutant

The editorial written at the September 1980 death of Doris Coutant quoted writer Washington Irving: “A spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” This perfectly paints a picture of this talented woman.  

Doris came to East Liverpool in 1948 to be a designer for Sterling China in Wellsville.  She then became an industrial designer for Taylor, Smith & Taylor, when she was stricken with polio and paralyzed below the neck. She was able to move one muscle in her shoulder, however, and continued with her painting and artwork. She was able to sell her work just as soon as each picture was completed.

Each person who knew her remembered her always to have a smile, and never a complaint about her lot in life. This anonymous gift to the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation in Doris Coutant’s memory would have pleased her greatly.

Frank A. & Mildred B. Dawson

Frank A. Dawson was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on April 1st, 1906 to Clifford and Adelia Salsberry Dawson.  In youth, he demonstrated an interest in the funeral profession and started to work for the Sturgis Funeral Home.  

Mr. Dawson graduated from the Columbus School of Embalming in 1928 and upon the death of E. G. Sturgis in 1934, took over the firm.  The company relocated to its present headquarters at 215 West Fifth Street in 1939 and, under Mr. Dawson’s leadership, earned respect throughout the tri-state area.

Mildred Arlene Bradfield was born in East Liverpool on January 11th, 1903, daughter of pioneer automobile dealer E. L. Bradfield and his wife Ella Kannal Bradfield.  Following graduation from East Liverpool High School in 1921, she attended Ohio University, as well as Kent State University, prior to returning to her hometown to teach for several years.  Mrs. Dawson was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Quota Club and the Rebecca Griscom Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Mildred and Frank were always interested in education.  They both first became involved with the activities of the local school system via the Grant Street School PTA where their children, Frank and Debbie, were students.

Frank was the main force behind the establishment of the East Liverpool Campus of Kent State University (KSU/ELO), but there were also several other “behind the scenes” achievements.  When the high school was struggling to obtain funding for the construction of its new gymnasium during World War II, it was Frank who suggested the name Memorial Auditorium.  This inspired the community, and the East Fourth Street complex stands today as an important part of both the KSU/ELO campus and the Ohio Valley YMCA.

One of Frank’s most important contributions came through his longtime friendship with the late Dr. Arthur Metz and Dr. Metz’s sister, Carrie Harper.  It was during a visit to their East Fifth Street apartment in 1959 that he suggested the siblings establish a scholarship fund through their estates, since they had no direct descendants.  The rest is history, with typically a dozen and a half East Liverpool High School graduates receiving scholarships each year from this fund.

Frank and Mildred were members of the First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Rotary Club, all Masonic bodies and a host of civic and professional organizations.  He was best known as the raconteur of West Fifth Street, where his smile and wit were landmarks from generation to generation. 

Mildred died on September 18th, 1987 and Frank died on May 27th, 1988.  This memorial honors the strong commitment that Frank and Mildred Dawson had to education in the tri-state area.

Hans F. Dietz

Hans Frederick Dietz was born in East Liverpool as the second hand of the clock swept past midnight on February 28th – March 1st, 1955.  His parents were Robert L. Dietz and Jeannette “Jan” Ruhe (Dietz) DiCarlo.  He was named in honor of both Hans Hacker, the local artist, and Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Eppling Reinartz.

Hans attended Chester, West Virginia schools and graduated from Oak Glen High School in 1973.  He graduated from the National River Academy and in his time there, was honored with the St. Louis Propeller Club Award and the Commandant’s Award.  Hans enjoyed the distinction of having his classmates name him as the one who had most influenced their lives.

First and foremost, Hans was a good Christian who dearly loved the Lord.  He was a faithful member of the Chester Church of the Nazarene from his early teens, when he committed his life to Christ.

After graduation, Hans piloted river boats with their large tows of cargo for Union Melching, which became Dravo-Melching.  He saved his money and purchased an old towboat, the C.A. Smith, re-named it Genesis and rebuilt it so completely that it was documented by the Coast Guard as a new vessel.  

Teaming up with Stu Wilson of Wellsville, Ohio, Dietz Harbor Service was established at Wilson’s Landing in Wellsville.  This was followed by the Dietz Tank Cleaning business and Dietz Enterprises. Hans continued to be very active in the community, the church and the Boy Scouts of America.

At the time of his sudden death in the explosion of a barge on Saturday, May 6th, 1989, Hans was serving as president of the Chester-Newell Chamber of Commerce; president of an area chapter of the Boy Scouts of America; and on the National Executive Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the youngest person ever elected to that distinguished body.

He was a Boy Scout troop leader, a member of the Order of the Arrow, an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Wood Badge.  Hans was an airline pilot as well as a riverboat pilot.  He was active in the Rotary Club of Calcutta and served his church in any capacity requested.  He was both youth leader and president of the Nazarene Youth International, while simultaneously serving on the board of the Chester Church of the Nazarene.

In his 34 years, Hans lived more fully and touched more people than most do in twice that time.  He was a firm believer in education and continued to take courses at Steubenville University and Kent State University.  His broad smile and happy, caring attitude are remembered by his many friends.  This scholarship has been established by his family and friends, not only to honor and perpetuate Hans’ memory, but to assist worthy local young people to better themselves and serve humanity.

Martha Ann Buben Dingess

Martha Ann Buben was born in Newell, West Virginia on October 1st, 1916 to Joseph L. and Elva Faye Buben.  She was reared in the area and graduated from Wells High School.  

She earned her degree in education from West Liberty College and then went on to teach kindergarten for 43 years in the Hancock county and East Liverpool schools. Martha was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Retired Teachers Organization.  

Martha and her husband, Herman G. Dingess, had two children: Herman “Chip” Dingess, Jr. and Jennie Fae Dingess. Martha died on June 12th, 2010 at the age of 93. 

Barbara Ann Disch

Barbara Ann Disch was born January 17th, 1954 in East Liverpool, Ohio to Mary K. and Robert J. Disch.  

Barbara attended St. Aloysius Grade School and graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1972. In 1976, she was graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University and had done additional study towards a masters degree from the University of Dayton.

She began her career in the East Liverpool City Schools as a special education teacher in September 1973.  Her love of teaching and her concern for her students’ welfare were both amply evident in her classroom.

Barbara was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Chester, West Virginia, where she served on the Committee for Education of the parish council. She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club; the East Liverpool Education Association; and the Ohio and National Education Associations. She passed away November 21st, 1986 at the age of 32.

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

Lloyd Dittmer

Lloyd Dittmer was a man with a great affinity for children, though he had none of his own.  He was a longtime employee of the Homer Laughlin China Company, eventually retiring as foreman.  His wife Phyliss provided inspiration to children to seek higher education during her lifelong career as a public school teacher.

The greatest part of Lloyd’s estate was left in trust to provide college scholarships to area students through the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation.  

Robert C. Dray & Patricia L. Dray

Robert C. Dray was born on August 7th, 1925 to Harold A. and Kathryn Dray.  He was a lifelong resident of East Liverpool. During World War II, Mr. Dray served with the U. S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre as a gunner's mate. 

Patricia L. Wiegand was born on October 7th, 1929 in East Liverpool, Ohio. Her parents were Joseph and Helen Pryor Wiegand.Robert Dray and Patricia Wiegand were married on March 5th, 1948. They reared two daughters: Cindy and Colleen. 

Mr. Dray worked as an electrician with Crucible Steel for 35 years, and retired in 1982.  Mr. and Mrs. Dray were founding members of the Northside Community Church, and served there in a variety of leadership and volunteer roles over the decades.

Robert C. Dray died on February 27th, 2008. Patricia L. Dray died on September 24th, 2012. They were survived by their daughters and four grandchildren.

Bruce Allan Duer & family

Bruce Allan Duer, who went by his middle name, lived his entire life in East Liverpool.  As a young man, Allan worked at the old Smith Hardware store. He later worked as a bookkeeper at Capehart Brothers until his retirement in 1981.

Most of his contemporaries remember Allan as a man who lived a meager lifestyle in the modest family home on St. Clair Avenue. It was said that he was never in a hurry to fix occasional leaks in the roof. Allan developed an interest in the stock market, which soon led him to study Barron’s and other financial magazines. He would read and study newspapers for hours on end.

While he never earned much of a salary, Allan started buying a few shares of stock here and there.  At the time of his death, he held stock in more than 75 companies and had saved every one of their annual reports. After he died on February 6th, 1998 at the age of 84, it was announced that he had left nearly $1 million to the local branch of the Salvation Army.

Before his death, Allan also made generous gifts to the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now the Tuition Mission Foundation).  With one of these contributions, he established a perpetual scholarship in memory of his parents, Bruce and Tessie, and his sister Catherine. In life, Allan was a man who overcame physical disabilities, made the most of what he had, and left a lasting legacy to the people of East Liverpool through his remarkable contributions.

William E. Dunlap II & Edith Bowen Dunlap

William E. Dunlap II was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on September 27th, 1908 to William E. Dunlap and Olive Connell Dunlap.  After graduating from East Liverpool High School in 1925, Bill graduated from Mount Union College and earned his JD at the Ohio State Law School (1932). He practiced law in East Liverpool his entire career.

Bill was a founding member of the East Liverpool Junior Chamber of Commerce and a past president of both the Columbiana County Bar Association and the East Liverpool Rotary Club.  He was also a member of the Elks; the American Legion; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and the East Liverpool Country Club.  He served in the Navy in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946.

Edith Bowen was born in East Liverpool on April 6th, 1910, a daughter of George W. and Rose Fitzjohn Bowen.  In 1929, she graduated from East Liverpool High School.

On June 2nd, 1934, Bill Dunlap and Edith Bowen were married at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Liverpool.  They were longtime members of the church, where Edith served on the Altar Guild and was the first woman elected to the vestry.  Bill also served on the vestry.  The Dunlaps had three children: Judith, Janet and Bill.

Edith was a member of the New Century Club for over 65 years; a charter member of the Child Study Club; a social member of the East Liverpool Women’s Club; and a member and past president of the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary.  She enjoyed working outside, especially when it came to gardening.  She played bridge and was skilled at solving crossword puzzles.

Bill died on January 14th, 2003 at the age of 94, and Edith died on February 1st, 2009 at the age of 98.  Bill and Edith Dunlap were upstanding citizens, devoted family members and friends to many.  They both had a great fondness for young people and would be very pleased with this memorial scholarship, which was established by their family members and friends.

John M. "Jack" Eccleston

John M. “Jack” Eccleston was born in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England on September 20th, 1915.  During the spring of 1925, Jack moved to the United States with his parents, John “Jack” T. and Dora Smith Eccleston.  Jack graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1934.

Jack retired from Crucible Steel in 1978 as a maintenance foreman.  In addition to his Crucible career, Jack owned and operated a roof repair company for 18 years.  He was an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) on the local, state and national levels.  As an Elk, he had the honor of being selected Ohio’s “Elk of the Year” in 1983.  Jack was an avid golfer and skilled gardener who enjoyed life to the fullest.

Jack was a great believer in education and hard work at any age.  He would be very proud to know that this memorial is helping students achieve their goals.

Maryhester Anderson McIntyre Erwine

Maryhester Anderson was born in Wellsville, Ohio on October 22nd, 1908, daughter of Charles Morrow Anderson and Elva Morley Anderson.

Maryhester graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1927 and attended Boston University, where she was a member of the Sigma Delta Phi sorority.  She married William D. McIntyre, with whom she had a daughter, Margaret Louise. Mr. McIntyre died in 1944.  Maryhester later married Frank “Ted” D. Erwine in 1970.  He died in 1980.

Mrs. Erwine was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of its Naomi Circle.  She was employed for 44 years in the law offices of Vodrey, Vodrey, Buzzard & Shay.  For 27 years, she also served as a part-time secretary to the Columbiana County Coroner’s Office.

Mrs. Erwine was the first woman ever elected to serve as a member of the Riverview Cemetery Association.  She was a charter member of the Coterie Club; a life member of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and a member of its prestigious Century Club; and a senior Girl Scout leader.  Mrs. Erwine impressed everyone who knew her with her elegance, grace, beauty, wit and good humor.  She was unfailingly cheerful and optimistic.

Mrs. Erwine died peacefully at the home of her daughter Louise on February 19th, 2004.  Our community is a poorer place without her.  This memorial has been established by Mrs. Erwine’s family and her many friends.

Babette Fineman

A. Richard Feldman

Babette Lowenstein was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania to Irving and Marianna Levoy Lowenstein on May 29th, 1928. After having earned her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees, she taught at Oak Glen High School and Kent State University. She was married to Alvin Fineman.

Babette was a member of Beth Shalom Congregation and Hadassah.  She volunteered for the American Red Cross and East Liverpool City Hospital.  She and Alvin had three children: Richard, Steve and Janet. When she died on May 23rd, 2011, she was survived by her husband, their three children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Richard “Rich” Feldman, CLU, ChFC, MBA, was born on April 21st, 1942 in East Liverpool, Ohio, to Ben and Freda (Fritzie) Feldman. After having graduated from both East Liverpool High School and Youngstown State University, he earned his MBA in banking and finance from Case Western Reserve University.

For over five decades, Rich worked as an agent for the New York Life insurance company and was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).

Rich’s father Ben used to call him “the walking hobby,” so many were his varied interests. Rich was an avid amateur radio operator (K8HGY) for over sixty years and was an active long-time member of the Triangle Amateur Radio Club (TARC) in East Liverpool; a member of the American Radio Relay League; and a participant in the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). This network connects interactions of military aircraft with other military members and civilians. Rich was especially involved during the Gulf War, helping to provide ham radio patches to connect the families of American service members with their children and other loved ones.

Drag racing was a passion for Rich. He named his car “Mr. Security” and won the National Championship for Super Stock O in 1986. He was a member of the National and International Hot Rod Associations.

Rich was a member and president of the Beth Shalom congregation and a member of the B’nai B’rith. He served as board member for the local American Red Cross and the Columbiana County mental health board. Rich was an officer with the Liverpool Township Police Department, the Defense Orientation Conference Association (DOCA).

Photography was another of Rich’s hobbies. His family and many friends will remember him with a camera around his neck and a radio on his hip.

Rich died on February 13th, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was survived by Harriette, his wife of 44 years; his daughters Wendy, Lori and Melissa; his granddaughter Sydney; his brother Marvin and Marvin’s wife Vicki; and numerous nieces and nephews. This memorial scholarship honors Rich’s commitment to helping others.

Education is the movement from darkness to light.

Charles L. Finley

Charles Laughlin “Chuck” Finley was born on December 5th, 1925 in Georgetown, Pennsylvania, son of Charles A. and Helen A. Laughlin Finley.

He was a graduate of the class of 1943 of Lincoln High School in Midland, Pennsylvania.  During World War II, Mr. Finley served as an aviation cadet in the U. S. Army Air Corps.

In 1951, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Jefferson College, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Association and the Pete Henry Society.  Mr. Finley furthered his education by taking graduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh.  In 1999, he was honored with Washington & Jefferson’s Annual Distinguished Alumni Service Award.  

Mr. Finley was associated with the former First National Bank in Midland and the People’s First National Bank & Trust Company in Pittsburgh.  He retired from the former Potters Bank & Trust Company in East Liverpool in 1990. He had served there as chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Finley was a past president of the Beaver County Bankers Association, a member of the Columbiana County Bankers Association, and a past Director of both the Community Bankers Association of Ohio and the Independent State Banks of Ohio.  Among the many organizations with which Mr. Finley was affiliated were: American Legion Post #952, Hookstown (past Commander); Midland Rotary Club; East Liverpool Rotary Club; Baseball Old Timers Association; Masonic Lodge #381, the Free and Accepted Masons of Pittsburgh and the Scottish Rite of Newcastle (Pennsylvania); East Liverpool City Hospital Capital Campaign Fund (Treasurer); and the Board of Governors of the Ohio Valley Seniors Golf Association.

Mr. Finley attended St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Liverpool.  He died October 6th, 1999 at East Liverpool City Hospital at the age of 73.  He was survived by his wife of 40 years, Rita Murphy Finley.

Ralph A. & Wilma H. Finley

Ralph A. Finley was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on February 16th, 1923, to Ralph and Hannah Finley.  He lived in East Liverpool most of his life.  Wilma D. Hindley was born November 5th, 1924 to Clifford Edwin and Elsie Bayley Hindley.

Ralph graduated in 1940 from East Liverpool High School and attended Western Reserve University. Wilma was valedictorian of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1942.  After high school, she attended the College of Nursing and Health at the University of Cincinnati.  On June 16th, 1944, Ralph and Wilma married.  They reared two daughters, Jill and Diana.  

During World War II, Ralph served as a naval aviator in the South Pacific.  He became the first pilot of a PB4Y-2 Privateer attack bomber.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, four air medals and a personal commendation ribbon.  Following the war, Ralph continued his flying by becoming a licensed commercial pilot with single-and multi-engine land and sea ratings and instrument-flight licensure.  He was noted for having once looped the Chester Bridge in a sea plane following the war.

At the Smith & Phillips Company, Ralph developed a consumer credit system at the store and rose to the position of secretary-treasurer.  Ralph retired in 1969 after 23 years with the company.  Starting in 1958, Ralph also worked for Bayley Envelope, Inc. and served as its president from 1979 to 1985.

Ralph had a wide variety of interests and activities and made many friends through his never-met-a-stranger attitude.  He organized the Better Business Bureau in East Liverpool and was a member of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce for many years.  Ralph was a past president of the East Liverpool Rotary Club and was active in fund drives for the East Liverpool Hospital Association, the Community Fund (now the United Way), and the Red Cross.

The Finleys were members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Liverpool for over sixty years.  Aside from twenty years living in Arizona in the 1980s and 1990s, they lived most of their lives in their hometown of East Liverpool.

Ralph died on May 20th, 2008 and Wilma died on June 9th, 2010. They were survived by their daughters, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Cinda Lee Gambill

Cinda Gambill was one of the founding members of the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association (HLCCA), and served as the organization’s first secretary.

Cinda Lee Hill was born on July 16th, 1957 in Columbia City, Indiana to Ted and Faith Hill.  She married Roger Gambill and they had a son, Matthew.  Cinda was a member of the Grace Community United Methodist Church in Fountaintown, Indiana.  She worked at Mack Architects in Indianapolis.

When Cinda died July 1st, 2009, she was survived by her husband and son, her parents, her brother Red, and many HLCCA friends.  This memorial was established in Cinda’s name by her fellow HLCCA members.

Dr. Charles A. & Martha W. Gerace

Charles A. Gerace was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and attended local schools.  He attended Ohio University and earned his medical degree at Georgetown University. He practiced medicine in his hometown for 48 years. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Gerace was a member of the East Liverpool Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the advisory board of the East Liverpool campus of Kent State University.

Martha Williams was born in East Liverpool on March 22nd, 1912, one of seven children born to William and Nancy Greenwood Williams. She graduated from East Liverpool High School and on June 24th, 1942, married Charles A. Gerace.  They had two children: Ann and Charles, Jr. The Geraces were members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, and Dr. Gerace served on its council.

For many years, Dr. Gerace served on the board of the First Federal Savings & Loan. He was a member of many medical societies and a member of the board of the East Liverpool City Hospital. Martha was a member or active with the Coterie Club, the Monday Literary Club, the Gold Diggers Club, the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary, the Mary Patterson Board of Trustees and the County Medical Auxiliary.

Dr. Gerace died on June 29th, 1987 and Martha died January 3rd, 2010. The Gerace family and family friends established this memorial to perpetuate the memories of Dr. and Mrs. Gerace, and their involvement with, and devotion, to the East Liverpool area.

Dr. William L. Gilmore & Dr. Edith Gilmore Miller

William Gilmore was born in East Liverpool on November 12th, 1916. Following graduation from East Liverpool High School and undergraduate studies at the Ohio State University, he graduated from Creighton University Medical School in Omaha.

Dr. Gilmore served in the U. S. Army Air Force Medical Corps in World War II.  His residency was at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, where he was trained in general surgery.

Edith Charlotte Schrader was born on September 31st, 1917 in San Francisco, California. She was a graduate of the University of California/Berkeley and went on to the Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, at a time when few American women became physicians. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at San Francisco City Hospital and Stanford University.

At Creighton, Edith Schrader met William Gilmore. They married in 1941. The two doctors opened their medical practices in obstetrics/gynecology and general surgery in East Liverpool in 1947. Their offices had been previously occupied by Dr. William N. Gilmore, Dr. Gilmore’s grandfather.

In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Gilmore served as president of the medical staff at East Liverpool City Hospital and president of the Rotary Club.

Dr. Edith Gilmore was deeply involved with her adopted city, both personally and professionally. She was a champion of medical care and education for all.  She served on the East Liverpool Board of Education, the board of the East Liverpool City Hospital School of Nursing, and the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Additionally, she served as president of the East Liverpool City Hospital medical staff, president of the Columbiana County Medical Society, and president of the local chapter of Quota Club International, of which she was a member for half a century.

Over a 40-year professional obstetrics practice, Dr. Edith delivered more than 6,000 babies at East Liverpool City Hospital.  Towards the end of her retirement from obstetrics, she noted that she was frequently delivering the grandchildren of babies she had delivered years before.

In 1966, the Gilmores established the East Liverpool Extended Care Center across from City Hospital. It was one of the first skilled nursing and convalescent care facilities in the area. Upon her husband’s death in 1967, Dr. Edith Gilmore became administrator and medical director of the Extended Care Center. She directed the facility’s focus to elderly patients, while continuing to attend to her medical practice.

In 1971, she married Paul Miller, owner of the Miller Insurance Company in Wellsville, Ohio. The Millers enjoyed over 25 years together, initially in East Liverpool and then later dividing their time between East Liverpool and Naples, Florida. Paul Miller died in February 2001, and Edith Gilmore Miller died in February 2002. This scholarship was established in memory of Edith Gilmore Miller by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. & Mrs. Robert W. Gilmore.

Minnie K. Grable

Minnie Kupperbursh Grable was born in Palatka, Florida in 1890.  She attended Stetson University in Florida before marrying Errett M. Grable.  She spent most of her adult life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Grable was a great believer in helping underprivileged youth attain a college education.  She supported the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (formerly the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation) generously for decades.  Mrs. Grable died in 1990 at the age of 100 and her family created this memorial scholarship to continue the assistance she so generously provided during her lifetime. 

Dr. Philip Weber Graff & Josephine Cartwright Graff  

Philip Weber Graff was born in Marietta, Ohio on February 5th, 1910. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1930. His grandfather operated the wharf boat in Marietta in the late 19th-century, and this stimulated Philip’s love of old river boats. He was a longtime member of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.

Philip attended Muskingum College and earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago School of Medicine in March 1946. After an internship and residency in Chicago, he served in the Army’s Department of Pathology at Fort Sam Houston from 1953 to 1956. Dr. Graff returned to the University of Chicago to join the Department of Pathology. He remained with the Pathology Department until his retirement in June 1979. Dr. Graff held membership in the International Armed Forces of Pathology; the Medical Societies; the Medinah Shrine of Chicago; and the Rotary Club of East Liverpool.

Josephine W. Cartwright was born in East Liverpool on March 9th, 1913 to Joseph T. Cartwright and Frances Milligan Cartwright.  She was valedictorian of the East Liverpool High School Class of 1930. She was involved with the Salvation Army; the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association; the First United Methodist Church; and the East Liverpool Historical Society. 

On September 4th, 1938, Josephine married Philip W. Graff, a fellow East Liverpudlian. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband went to the University of Chicago for him to enroll in medical school. It was here that Josephine became involved with what later became known as the Manhattan Project, a top-secret effort to develop nuclear capability for the United States. 

Josephine went on to serve as an administrative assistant in the biology division of Argonne National Laboratories under the direction of Enrico Fermi. Fermi was the Nobel Prize winner who pioneered the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.  She worked directly with those responsible for providing the pertinent information to scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was produced.  After the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Josephine remained at Argonne, working with doctors who studied the effects of radiation on animals.  She returned to East Liverpool in 1979. 

Philip died January 28th, 1983.  Josephine died on October 7th, 2006.  She was survived by her niece Susan Graff and her sister-in-law Mildred Graff, along with several great-nieces and great-nephews.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically.

Thomas J. & Marie P. Graham

Thomas J. Graham was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 13th, 1929, son of Thomas J. and Margaret Duffy Graham. Marie Grace Pantalone was born February 25th, 1928, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  She was a daughter of Pasquale Pantalone and Clara de Rosa Pantalone.

Tom graduated from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and then served in the Army. His career was in the area’s pottery industry. He served as vice-president of the Wellsville China Company and as an executive at the Buffalo China Company, which was eventually acquired by Oneida Silversmiths.

Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hill College in 1950. She was a 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her master’s degree in education.

Marie’s early interest in education translated into a long a distinguished career in East Liverpool. She worked first at the Klondike School starting in 1954, and became principal at both the Taft and Lincoln schools in 1963. When North Elementary School opened in 1968, Marie was the school’s first principal. She continued to serve in that position until her 1988 retirement.

Marie was subsequently honored by the East Liverpool Board of Education as the district’s first principal emeritus. Around the same time, the Marie Graham Scholarship Fund was established in her name by the East Liverpool Schools Foundation. Marie held a variety of memberships in professional, civic and social organizations, including having served on the East Liverpool Board of Education in 1990.

The Grahams were longtime members of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in downtown East Liverpool. After a lengthy illness, Tom died December 27th, 2003. Marie died April 28th, 2007. They were survived by their son, Dr. Thomas J. Graham; their daughter-in-law, CeCe Dawson Graham; their granddaughters, Margaret and Elizabeth Graham; and numerous extended family members. This scholarship was established by the family and friends of the Grahams.

Robert W. & Betty J. Gray

Known affectionately by his friends as the man with the white cowboy hat and the warm handshake, Robert W. “Bob” Gray was born in Cameron, West Virginia on October 5th, 1920 to Jacob and Dora Gray. Betty J. Dawson was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on September 20th, 1921, the only child born to George and Mabel Dawson.

Bob and Betty owned and operated Cameron Ford Sales. They moved from Cameron to the East Liverpool area in the late 1950s. Bob accepted a position with the Columbiana County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Bob became manager and vice-president of the First National Bank of East Liverpool. He retired in 1982.

Bob was also a radio personality on station WOHI, and both he and Betty broadcast the original “Chester Hour” from Chester, West Virginia. Later they moved the show to the station’s West Sixth Street studio in East Liverpool, where they aired a popular live Sunday night show featuring both gospel and country music.

Bob became an ordained minister of the Church of Christ Disciples in 1974. He preached his first sermon at the Campground Community Church in East Liverpool in 1971, and both he and Betty served the church continuously until he retired in 1991.

Bob was charter president of the Rotary Club of Calcutta, and was presented with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award the day before he died. Bob also earned the East Liverpool Area Jaycees Outstanding Citizen Award and the Citizen of the Year Award from the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce in 1990.

Both Bob and Betty served their community devotedly. They are sorely missed by their children and by the community, their memory and commitment to the community will live on through this scholarship.

Richard Fisher Green & Margaret Webster Green

Richard Fisher Green was born on December 25th, 1901 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to James Sproat Green III and Mary Moxley Fisher Green. He graduated from Princeton University in 1926 and earned his law degree at Columbia University Law School.  

Margaret Leverich Webster was born on February 9th, 1906 in Belleville, New Jersey, the daughter of Mae Watson Webster and E. Schuyler Webster. She married Dick Green in 1930. Dick was admitted to the bar in 1931 and practiced law in his hometown of Elizabeth, where he and Peg reared their five children.

Dick was active in his hometown and throughout the state of New Jersey, serving as state Deputy Attorney General and as the Union County inheritance tax advisor. He served as Chairman and Treasurer of the eastern Union County chapter of the American Red Cross. Shortly after the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Dick entered the Army as a reserve officer. He was promoted to Captain in 1942 and to Major in 1945.

Dick was a member of a distinguished New Jersey family. His great-uncle, Robert Stockton Green, served first as a Congressman and later as Governor of New Jersey (1887 – 1889). He was descended from Ashbel Green, who served as the third chaplain of the United States House of Representatives and as the eighth president of the College of New Jersey—now Princeton University (1812 – 1822). Dick’s grandfather, James Sproat Green, was mayor of Elizabeth. Dick died at the end of September 1974.

Peg was an artist with particular skill in watercolors. She was elected to the National Academy of Watercolorists. Three years after Dick Green’s death, Peg moved to Maine. She enjoyed daily walks and visiting with family and friends.  She continued to paint and sketch regularly until her death in November 1986.  This memorial was established by Mr. & Mrs. Jackman S. Vodrey in memory of Dick and Peg Green, Mrs. Vodrey’s parents.

Carole Knowles Hager

Carole Knowles Hager was a lifelong resident of East Liverpool and a 1958 graduate of East Liverpool High School. She worked as secretary under Bud Means at East Junior High in East End for several years after high school. She was continuously involved in the East Liverpool City schools as a booster, a Potter fan, and as a volunteer for various reunions and alumni activities.

For 18 years, Carole worked as foundation secretary and chief administrator of the Tri-State Area Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation, now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation. Carole genuinely cared about the quality of local education and the opportunities provided for area students to continue their academic pursuits.

Carole was a loving mother, wife and friend. She sang in the choir at Boyce United Methodist Church for several years. She was influential in organizing youth and adult tennis leagues at Thompson Park, as well as maintaining and improving the courts and surrounding areas. Even though her passion for God, family, friends, education and athletics kept her schedule busy, Carole fulfilled her duties with grace and class. 

After Carole passed away suddenly on January 4th, 2003 at the age of 62, there was a tremendous outpouring of support from the community. Her family, friends and co-workers at Tuition Mission established this memorial to honor her memory.

Grace Wooster Hamilton

Grace Wooster was born on February 25th, 1910, a daughter of Henry and Oma Wooster. Her parents were residents of Wellsville, Ohio, and her father was a founder of a Wellsville clay mine. She remained in Wellsville throughout her childhood and attended Wellsville schools until 1924.

After her marriage to James Kane Hamilton, Grace moved to East Liverpool, where she would live for the rest of her life.In addition to managing a home, Grace had two interests that governed her life. She was an avid reader of books, magazines and the daily newspaper.  Anything worth reading, she was glad to pass on and share with someone else.

Grace also loved animals and was a member of the American Kennel Club. Her favorite dog breed was the Basenji. She kept several as pets and entered them in show competitions.

Grace believed in the importance of education and designated a large part of her estate to further that goal. Her will stipulates “in the use of these funds, preference be given to someone studying nursing, veterinary medicine, or some other medical field.”

William A. & Virginia L. Harris

William A. “Bill” Harris spent most of his adult life working in the East Liverpool-area pottery industry. He was employed with the Edwin M. Knowles pottery as secretary-treasurer before being promoted to president and director.

Bill was a member of the American Ceramic Society, the Rotary Club of East Liverpool and the East Liverpool Area YMCA (now the Ohio Valley YMCA). He served on the boards of Shenango China, Castleton China, and the Wallace China Company. As an active member of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Bill diligently raised funds for three decades to help local Boy Scouts attend the Boy Scout Jamboree.

Virginia “Ginnie” Lawrence was born and reared in Newell, West Virginia, daughter of Frederick and Leah Lawrence. She attended East Liverpool elementary school and two years of high school in the former Central School building. Ginnie Lawrence married Bill Harris and they had two children, Whit and David.  This nursing scholarship is given by Whit.

Albert V. & Patricia B. Hays

Known as Bert to his friends and business associates, Albert V. Hays strived to balance his commitment to family, his dedication to his technical ceramic business and his concerns for the local community.  

Mr. Hays was a generous man with a positive outlook and a zest for living life to the fullest. He worked his way through the Pennsylvania State University after serving his country as a Navy captain during the Korean War. In 1955, he joined Fred A. Beedle and Fred A. Beedle II in their small and struggling ceramic venture. Through their combined efforts, Metsch Refractories, Inc. has evolved into an international technical ceramic supplier.

Mr. Hays was a devoted husband to his wife, Patricia Beedle Hays, who survived him, and a loving father to his four children: Melissa H. Osterman, Melinda H. Evans, Timothy B. Hays and Molly H. Jette. He valued his employees and their families, realizing that their loyalty and hard work were crucial to the success of his ceramic business. Of grave concern to Mr. Hays was the fact that due to the lack of financial resources, many young people missed the opportunity, through further education, to improve their lives and better their communities.

To honor Bert and Patricia Hays, the Albert V. & Patricia B. Hays Memorial Scholarship Award has been established.  Metsch Refractories, Inc. and the Hays family are pleased and honored to be fortunate enough to make this commitment to the future students of Chester, West Virginia and the surrounding communities.

Freedom lies in education.

Marie Alamonda Schuetz Hays

Marie Alamonda Schuetz was born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1908 and grew up on a West Virginia dairy farm. Upon graduating from nursing school, she was a highly sought-after private duty nurse, a position she held for a decade.

In 1936, Marie married Robert H. Hays and they moved to East Liverpool. There she and Bob reared their three daughters. Following her husband’s untimely death in 1957, Marie devoted herself to working with many volunteer organizations in East Liverpool. She was particularly involved with the Quota Club, an organization of professional women whose mission at that time was to provide assistance to handicapped children. She also managed the East Liverpool City Hospital snack bar for several years.

Many in the community knew Marie as the Christmas Cookie Maven. Each year, she baked hundreds of dozens of cookies and spent hours filling cookie tins to give to friends, neighbors, family and co-workers.  The entire project was organized in her personally-designed cooler room in the basement of her home.  The cookie-baking would begin at Thanksgiving and continue until Christmas Eve. 

Marie’s most memorable traits were her generosity, her efforts in bettering the lot of the unfortunate, and her desire to give back to her community. Marie died in 1991.  This memorial is established to facilitate the educational needs of the youth of the East Liverpool area.

Robert Hilary Hays

Robert Hilary “Bob” Hays was born in Smiths Ferry, Pennsylvania in 1904. In 1936, he married Marie Alamonda Schuetz and the couple moved to East Liverpool. There he established the Hays Oil Company and in 1945, the Hays Motor Company.

Bob was very active in civic matters, which resulted in frequent recognition and numerous awards for his countless community contributions. He believed deeply in the democratic process and in the importance of being involved to assure that responsible government existed in East Liverpool. Additionally, Bob was a strong proponent of ethics in public service, and of the value of giving back to the community. He believed in the importance of equal educational opportunities.

Mr. Hays died an untimely death in 1957. This memorial is established to promote and foster the future education of the youth of East Liverpool.

Nellie C. Helm

Nellie Crabtree was born in Galena, Kansas on January 1st, 1881 and lived there until she married. After  her father’s early death, she was forced to quit school at age 14 to help support her large family. She learned the printing trade in a small newspaper and job printing shop.

Nellie married Robinson L. Helm on December 12th, 1900 and moved with him to Cartersville, Missouri.  They had two daughters. Mr. Helm’s ill health prevented him from working for several years before his death in 1921. Mrs. Helm re-entered the printing trade as a printer and proofreader.  She lived and worked for several years in the Missouri-Kansas-Oklahoma tri-state area before she moved with her daughters to Mount Morris, Illinois in 1923. There she worked as a proofreader in a large magazine printing plant. She also worked on patents at the Government Printing Office in Washington, DC, before retiring in 1946.

Over a period of many decades, Nellie visited friends in East Liverpool frequently.  For many years, she maintained a very extensive correspondence with family members and friends. Although her formal schooling had ended in 1895, she was an avid reader and an extraordinarily literate person.

In June 1985, Nellie moved with her widowed daughter to Sierra Vista, Arizona, where she died a month later at the age of 104.  This memorial was established by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Helm Prager and Joseph W. Prager.

Thomas Alan "Hildy" Hildebrand

Thomas Alan “Hildy” Hildebrand was born in East Liverpool on August 6th, 1956, a son of James Edward and Thelma Eileen Mosser Hildebrand.

Hildy was a lifelong resident of East Liverpool and a 1974 graduate of East Liverpool High School. He served as a police officer for Liverpool Township from 1985 to 1989 and for the Wellsville Police Department from 1990 to 1991.  He joined the East Liverpool Police Department (ELPD) on June 10th, 1991 and retired on November 22nd, 2004. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #29, for which he served as chaplain.  

Hildy directed much of his energy towards working for and with children. He served on the Board of Directors of the East Liverpool Children’s Network and was an active member of the Columbiana County Umpires Association. His other work included serving as a Little Potter Basketball League coach and referee and as a basketball coach at East Liverpool Middle School.

Hildy’s most important work was with the ELPD, for which he ran the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. The ELPD had originally hired Hildebrand as a juvenile officer. His efforts at counseling troubled children and their parents is credited with having kept many first-time offenders from getting caught up in the juvenile justice system.

Hildy later ran the DARE program for fifth- and seventh-grade classes, and was in the process of forming a high school DARE program when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2002. The many honors Hildy earned included being granted a lifetime membership to the DARE Association of Ohio and winning the 2002 – 2003 Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Ohio for the VFW.

On February 17th, 2005, Hildy died after a long battle with cancer. He was survived by his companion, Terri Webber; his brothers Ronald, Donald and William; his sister Beverly Sue Moore; and their families. Children in the East Liverpool area were very fortunate to have had a man like Hildy working to keep them on the straight and narrow.

Dr. Joseph J. Hoffrichter & Lea Gail Hoffrichter

Joseph Jacob Hoffrichter was born on June 29th, 1915 to Michael and Fannie Hoffrichter. His father died just a few months later and he was reared by his mother in the East End area of East Liverpool. He grew up to help his mother launch a used dress business in their home. This grew to eventually become a successful women’s store in downtown East Liverpool.

After graduating from East Liverpool High School in 1932, he earned both his undergraduate and graduate dental degrees at the Ohio State University, graduating in 1939. He attended the Kansas City School of Orthodontia and took numerous courses in oral surgery. Dr. Hoffrichter practiced dentistry for 41 years and was a pioneer in the use of outpatient, ambulatory general anesthesia for the treatment of dental problems.

Dr. Hoffrichter married Lea Gail Altman on September 22nd, 1940.  They had three children: Ronna, Marc and Eric.  From 1942 through 1945, Dr. Hoffrichter served as a captain in the U. S. Army Dental Corps. After a fall at home, Dr. Hoffrichter died on March 18th, 2010, just a few months shy of being able to celebrate his 70th wedding anniversary with his wife. She and their three children survived him, as did seven granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. 

Doloras C. Watson Hopper

Doloras C. Watson was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on November 7th, 1927 to Delmas Clay and Naomi Zola Watson. She married John W. “Jack” Hopper on August 20th, 1943 and graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1945. She lived her entire life in the city she loved.

Her energy knew no bounds. In 1962, Doloras helped to establish the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (then known as the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation). She was a den mother in the Boy Scouts of America; a Brownie leader; a DeMolay mom; a Job’s Daughters mom; and an East Liverpool High School Choir Parents member.  Doloras contributed a great deal of time and energy to the LaCroft PTA; the Ohio State University Mother’s Club; the Tri-State Pottery Festival; the Order of the Eastern Star; and the Social Order of the Beauceants, for which she served as a national officer four times. 

Doloras was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and its Wesleyan Crusader Class. She served in numerous officers in the Susannah Wesley Circle and United Methodist Women.  

She was a multi-faceted woman. Doloras was a traveler who made friends out of strangers on her many trips around the country. She was a talented cook, developing her own recipes and generously sharing them with anyone who asked. She collected quilts, admiring the beauty and intricacy of each one.

Doloras was also a teacher, not only to her children and her grandchildren, but to the scores of schoolchildren she helped as a LaCroft Elementary School teacher’s aide over two decades.

Doloras was a true and steadfast friend and a devoted daughter. She was a wonderful, loving wife to Jack Hopper throughout their sixty years together, and a loving mother to their four children: Rebecca, Jacqueline, Cynthia and John. She was also a proud grandmother to eight grandchildren. At the time of her death, she was excitedly awaiting the birth of her first great-grandchild.  Our community is a poorer place without her.

Doloras C. Watson Hopper’s family and friends have established this perpetual memorial to honor the life of a beautiful woman who embodied a pure heart, great will and determination, inspiration and undying love.  

Dr. William J. & Mary F. Horger  

William J. “Bill” Horger graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1925, and at his graduation was voted “Best Student” and “Most Industrious.”

After having graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Bill earned his medical degree from the Western Reserve Medical School. He did his residency at Emory University. He returned to East Liverpool in 1934.

From 19540 through 1945, Dr. Horger served in the Army, returning home a lieutenant colonel. He resumed his medical practice in 1946 and practiced in the East End of East Liverpool for decades. After his semi-retirement in 1981, Dr. Horger spent most of his time caring for patients in nursing homes.

In 1981, the East Liverpool City Council honored Dr. Horger as “a pillar of the East Liverpool community who truly exemplified the ideals of love, compassion . . . during his many years of service as a physician” and for his “long and distinguished career of public service.”  In 1987, Dr. Horger was named a distinguished alumnus at the first-ever East Liverpool High School All-School Reunion. He died on November 29th, 1990 at age 82.

Mary Franklin was born on October 13th, 1910 in Rockmart, Georgia, a daughter of Andrew Jackson Franklin and Evelyn Sloman Franklin. Mary was valedictorian of her class at Rockmart High School.

While attending Emory University in Atlanta, Mary met Bill Horger.  They were married on June 8th, 1933.  

Mary embraced East Liverpool as her own and became very involved with the community.  She was a member of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church and served as the first female deacon at the former Second Presbyterian Church.  She was a member, past president and former treasurer of the East Liverpool City Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.  In the mid-1980s, she co-founded the Auxiliary’s Surgical Hostess Program.

Additionally, Mary served as an Ohio State Medical Auxiliary member and officer, and volunteered countless hours at City Hospital.  Mary served on the Kent State University/East Liverpool Campus advisory board for nine years, and was honored as a “Friend of the Campus” in 1995.  After the death of her husband in 1990, she established a nursing scholarship at the university in his name.

In 2002, Mary was chosen to cut the ribbon at the Carnegie Public Library's 100th anniversary celebration.  She was a member of FISH; the Coterie Club; the Traveler’s Club; the East Liverpool Women’s Club; the Monday Literary Club; and the East Liverpool Historical Society.  

She was an avid bridge player, and because of her own extensive collection, was highly-regarded as an authority on Lotus Ware porcelain.  Mrs. Horger died on October 17th, 2003.

This memorial is a superb reflection of the high regard in which both the Horgers were held.

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.

Alma Glaser Jackson

Alma Glaser was born on December 24th, 1927 in Bellaire, Ohio, a daughter of Herbert C. and Mary Ann Glaser. She graduated from St. John’s High School in Bellaire in 1945 and went on to work for the Ohio Power Company for several years.

On September 30th, 1949, Alma married Fred C. Jackson. The Jacksons moved to the East Liverpool area in 1951 and resided there for the next six decades. They reared their four children there: Suzanne, Barbara, Lesley and Mark.  

The Jacksons were members of St. Aloysius Community Parish in East Liverpool. Alma was active in the Altar and Rosary Society; the Catholic Women’s Study Club; the Newcomers Club; Child Study; the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary; and Meals on Wheels.

The Jacksons renewed their wedding vows in June 2009.  When Alma died on August 25th, 2009, she was survived by her husband Fred; their four children; ten grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Three sisters and a brother also survived her. She was buried in Riverview Cemetery.

William R. & Mary Jane Jennings

William R. Jennings was born in East Liverpool on February 25th, 1915. He moved to East Palestine, Ohio as a child and graduated from East Palestine High School in 1934. He served in the Army as an engineer during World War II. After the war, he worked for over 34 years at Crucible Steel, retiring from Colt Industries.

Mary Jane was born in Fredericktown Ohio on October 17th, 1918. She was a 1937 graduate of East Liverpool High School. Over the years, she worked at the former Montgomery Wards, Sears, the Co-Op Store, and Irwin’s Drug Store.  

William and Mary Jane were married in February 1942. They had one daughter, Mary Suzanne Jennings (Burke). Both were very involved in the rearing of their grandchildren. Mary Jane and William were very proud of their grandchildren, all of whom received tuition awards from the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (then the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation).  

William and Mary were members of the former Calvary United Methodist Church, where they were involved in a variety of activities. William served as chairman of the Prayer Chain, and was also a member of the Elks and Masonic organizations. Mary belonged to the Ohio City Rebekah Lodge #486; the Lady Elks; the Crystal Chapter Eastern Stars; the Social Order of the Beauceants; the Golden Airs; the Area Seniors; and the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association.  

William R. Jennings died May 1st, 1994 and Mary Jane Jennings passed away March 3rd, 2003. This memorial was established in loving memory of his grandparents by Jan R. Burke, Jr., members of his family, and friends of William and Mary Jennings.

J. Michael Kapp

J. Michael “Mike” Kapp was born on November 3rd, 1941 to Attorney Robert A. Kapp and G. Patricia DeVinne Kapp. He was a direct descendant of East Liverpool’s founder, Thomas Fawcett, through his paternal grandmother, Anne Harker Kapp.

Mike graduated with the class of 1959 from East Liverpool High School with a 4.0 grade point average. While in high school, he participated in both varsity football and baseball. Mike enrolled at Colgate University, where he played baseball and earned his AB degree in 1963. He then entered the University of Michigan Law School, from which he earned his law degree in 1966. In 1967, he earned a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from New York University.

Mike was admitted before the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1967, the Tax Court of the United States in 1968, the U.S. Federal District Court in 1969 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1980. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He served as East Liverpool's city solicitor from 1967 to 1975 and later served as executive counsel for the Columbiana County Port Authority. Mike also served as an acting judge with the East Liverpool Municipal Court and as a negotiator of union labor contracts for several local safety forces.  

His civic activities were many and varied. Mike was an active member of the Blue & White Touchdown Club; the Rotary Club of East Liverpool; the Riverview Cemetery Association; the Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity; and St. Aloysius Catholic Church. His community activities covered a wide range, including more than 33 years as the public address announcer at Patterson Field, where he was affectionately referred to as “the voice of Potter football.”  He was the original “Phantom of the Tower” for the Ghost Walk from 1995 through 1999.He hosted a weekly talk show on radio station WOHI in which he assisted callers with legal problems.

Mike continued his lifelong interest in sports by serving for two decades as a baseball coach and manager with the East Liverpool Youth Baseball leagues.  He also acted as a coach with the Bill Booth Football League from 1981 to 1986.

Mike was married to Betty Joy Stiteler on August 3rd, 1968.  He died on December 2nd, 2001 and was survived by his wife; their sons, Sean and Ryan; and two grandsons, Michael and Christian.  Mike loved East Liverpool and its people.  It is appropriate that this memorial scholarship be established in his memory.

Sharon Lynn Trotter Keys

Sharon Lynn Trotter was born in East Liverpool on August 15th, 1948. Her sincere interest in children and education led her to attend Cedarville College, where she earned her elementary education degree in 1970.  In 1988, Sharon earned her Masters from the University of Dayton. Sharon began her teaching career with the East Liverpool School District in 1970 as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher.  She moved on to the Beaver Local School District, where she taught sixth- and seventh-grade students. Sharon’s experience in the classroom enabled her to join the staff at the Columbiana County Board of Education in 1989 as an education consultant.

Sharon’s skill at lining up state and federal grants led to the implementation of innovative programs in several area school districts. These included the Little Red Schoolhouse program in Fredericktown, Ohio and the integrated County Store program. Sharon gave liberally of her time and energy in many other community arenas. She was a member of the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, and she served as Building Program Coordinator for the Giant Eagle “Apples for Students” program.

As a charter member of the Faith Community Church, she served the Lord faithfully as a Sunday school teacher. She was a devoted mother, dedicated to her family and daughter. Sharon was a recipient of the Economics Education Scholarship from the University of Akron, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women, and a member of the Career/Consumer Education Advisory Board.

Prior to her untimely death at the age of 43, Sharon touched many lives.  Her energy, smile and caring attitude will always be an inspiration. As a remembrance of Sharon’s dedication to education and the fulfillment of dreams, this scholarship was created to assist area students striving to reach their educational goals.

Alexander Kidd

Alexander “Alex” Kidd was born on January 14th, 1905 in Dundee, Scotland. He was the eldest of six children of Charles and Susan Kidd. After his father came to New York City in 1910 to prepare the way for his family, Alex came to the United States with his mother and younger brother Charles in 1912. After working and living in Fairmont, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, the family settled in East Liverpool and established Keystone Printing in 1921.

Besides helping operate the family business, Alex was active in civic and fraternal affairs. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he was a past trustee and president of the congregation.  He was a member and past president of the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club and a member of the board of the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce.

Alex was a Pop Warner Fellow, the highest honor bestowed by the East Liverpool Area YMCA (now known as the Ohio Valley YMCA).  He was a YMCA life member and served on the board for 25 years.  He was a member of Riddle Lodge #315, F&AM for more than 65 years, and was an honorary member of East Liverpool Lodge #681. He held all the offices of the York Rite and was a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite. Alex was also a life member pf the BPO Elks #258 and a Past Noble Grand of Odd Fellows Lodge #379.

Alex Kidd died on September 24th, 2001. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Alice Eardley Kidd, on September 22nd, 1997.

John & Nevada I. Laitsch

Nevada I. Curry was born in Sias, West Virginia on June 5th, 1912, one of four children born to Oscar F. and Creta McComas Curry. She married John Laitsch, and the two of them owned and operated the Dairy Store in East Liverpool’s East End for 22 years. They retired in 1968. In addition to helping run the store, Nevada was a longtime Dixonville poll worker.

Nevada was an avid amateur naturalist and hiker.  She participated in the annual Max Gard-Bill Vodrey hike in Fredericktown for decades. Those who had the good fortune to walk alongside her learned something new about the natural beauty surrounding them. Equally interested in plants and animals, Nevada was a fount of wisdom and a delightful walking companion.

The John & Nevada I. Laitsch Memorial Scholarship was established by their many friends shortly after Nevada’s death on April 13th, 2005.

Francis Hanover Lang & Rachel Boyce Lang

Francis Hanover Lang was born on June 4th, 1907 in Manchester, Ohio, one of the twin sons of James Walker and Mary H. Lang. After having graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, he earned his law degree at Ohio State University, graduating cum laude in 1932. Francis moved to East Liverpool, Ohio, where he practiced law for the next 63 years.

Rachel Boyce was born in Chester, West Virginia on December 6th, 1910, a daughter of Charles R. and Susanna Esterly Boyce.  She was a 1929 graduate of Chester High School, after which she attended Ohio Wesleyan for two years.  She graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology—now Carnegie Mellon University—in 1933.

Rachel and Francis were married October 20th, 1934.  They had three children: Mary Sue Lang, Charles Boyce Lang, and James Richard Lang.

As longtime members of the First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool, Francis and Rachel served tirelessly. Francis was a delegate to World Methodist Conferences in 1971 and 1976. Rachel served as secretary of the board of trustees; as district steward of the administration board; on the Finance, History & Records Committee; and as a teacher of the Fidelis Sunday school class. From 1961 to 1980, Rachel served the Steubenville United Methodist District and was active in the East Liverpool conference throughout the 1970s, notably as a vice-chair of the Conference Program Council. Her other church activities included service as president of the Regional Schools Committee and as the Regional Schools’ assistant dean.

Beyond church, Rachel was involved in a variety of other community activities. She was a member and past president of the Junior Women’s Club; founding member and charter president of the Child Study Club); advisory board chair of the East Liverpool School of Nursing; past president of the Helen Gould Club; and advisory board member of the Salvation Army.

Mount Union College asked Rachel to serve on the board of trustees in 1975.  She was elected a lifetime trustee in 1989. In 2001, she was presented with the McKinley Fellow Award for significant involvement at Mount Union.

Rachel Boyce Lang died on October 26th, 2003. She and Francis, who preceded her in death on January 12th, 1996, were survived by their three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. As Mrs. Lang’s obituary said, “She was a catalyst, a communicator, a peacemaker, and a one-woman support system . . . She was a blessing to all who knew her.”

You can never be over-dressed or over-educated.

James Lawton Family

James Lawton was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on March 15th, 1930 to Alfred and Sarah Bourne Lawton. He was a carpenter by trade and a longtime member of Carpenters Local #171. Mr. Lawton, who died in April 2016, made a significant bequest in his will to establish this perpetual memorial scholarship.

William H. & Anna Maxine Lewis

Known affectionately to his friends as “Harry” or “Spike,” William H. Lewis was born in Ellwood City, Indiana in 1900, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lewis.  

Anna Maxine McConnell was known by her middle name. She was one of six children born to Chris and Alice McConnell of East Liverpool.

Harry moved to East Liverpool as a teenager and graduated from East Liverpool High School. There he met, and later married, Maxine McConnell.   

Maxine graduated from East Liverpool High School and was employed by the Crooks Furniture Company when she met Harry, her future husband. The Lewises moved to Chester, West Virginia, where their three sons were born.  Harry was employed by American Steel & Tin, owned his own service station, was purchasing agent for Valley Motor Transit, and later served as accountant for Hillcrest Farms. Harry was a three-term councilman and city clerk for the City of Chester. In addition, he was a charter and lifetime member of the Lions Club and a 32nd degree Mason.

Maxine passed away in 1979 at the age of 1978. When Harry died in 1991 at the age of 90, former Chester mayor Roy Cashdollar said that Harry was “one of the most intelligent members elected to office. He was 100% honest and a fine gentleman.” Harry was not highly educated, but he possessed an unusually strong basic business sense which his sons and grandsons often drew upon for advice. The Lewises are truly missed by their sons, who established this scholarship in Harry and Maxine's memory. 

Donald R. Linger was born in Caress, West Virginia on March 29th, 1939, a son of Winfred and Eula Linger. After having worked for Metsch Refractories for 47 years, he moved to Mason Color Works, where he served as president. 

When Don died on March 25th, 2010, he left behind his wife Peggy Baker and daughters Debra and Connie. The David T. Mason Foundation created this perpetual memorial in his name.

Eula M. Linger

Eula Bragg was born in Holly, West Virginia on May 18th, 1915, daughter of A. J. and Maud Gregory Bragg. She married Winfred R. Linger and they had seven sons: Raymond, Jackie, Donald, Jerry, Joseph, Thomas, Johnny, and Gary.

Eula was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She died on August 12th, 2004.  The David T. Mason Foundation created this perpetual memorial in her name.

Herbert W. Lockhart, Sr. 








Frank C. Lyons, Sr.

On February 8th, 1933, Herbert W. Lockhart was born in Woodsfield, Ohio. He was one of eleven children of Franklin Monroe Lockhart and Stella Ethel Sams Lockhart. When Herb was nine, his family moved to East Liverpool. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1952.

Herb served his country with distinction. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Panama Canal zone during the Korean conflict. He owned and operated Lockhart's Service Station in East Liverpool and was an electrician with both the Crucible Steel Mill and the J & L Steel Mill. Herb was a member of United Steel Mills Local #1212. He retired in 1995. Herb then devoted much of his time to woodworking, creating beautiful handmade items for family members and friends.

Herb married Thelma Stacey on February 7th, 1958. They had three children: Theresa, Herb, Jr. and Tamera. 

Herb died on August 20th, 2017. He was survived by his wife and his children and their spouses. Herb also left behind two sisters, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Herb was pre-deceased by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.


Frank C. Lyons was born in Calcutta, Ohio on January 22nd, 1920, to Rowland and Florence Lyons. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1937.

During World War II, he achieved the rank of lieutenant with the U. S. Navy Air Corps and was charged with flying all types of aircraft from the factory to bases throughout the continential United States and Canada. In 1943, Frank married his wife Cecilia. Cecilia died in 1947 and he married his second wife Elda in 1949. 

Mr. Lyons earned his Bachelors degree in agriculture from the Ohio State University in 1950. He was baptized at Longs Run Presbyterian Church. He helped to dig the church basement and served there as both an elder and a Sunday school teacher.

Mr. Lyons worked as an air traffic controller in both Miami and Dayton. He later worked for the U. S. Postal Service in Worthington, Ohio. Mr. Lyons died on October 26th, 2009, and was survived by five children, several siblings, ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Both of his wives predeceased him.