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Perpetual memorial scholarships, M - Z

Frank J. Mangano

Frank J. Mangano was born and reared in Newell, West Virginia and was known throughout the Ohio River Valley for his many accomplishments. He was a highly-respected businessman and philanthropist. His interests were varied and included the arts, education, athletics and family. The Frank Mangano Foundation, which he established in 1988, continues to this day to provide financial support for educational, religious and other charitable purposes.

Frank died in June 1994, leaving behind his wife Maggie and children Christina and Antonio. Shortly thereafter, the track and field area at East Liverpool High School was named for him.

Following Frank's death, half of the unused assets from one of his charitable organizations, the Area Community Center, were presented to the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (formerly the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation) in recognition of Frank's longstanding interest in education. The scholarships this funded are designated to graduates of Beaver Local, East Liverpool, Oak Glen and Wellsville high schools.  

Marker Family

Joni, Brent, Gary and John Marker were siblings and all graduates of East Liverpool High School in the 1970's and 1980's. All died too young. This scholarship was funded in their memories by generous friends of theirs. 

David T. Mason

David T. Mason was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on January 6th, 1951, a son of Marjorie Franklin Mason and Ronald K. Mason. 

David was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where he served as an acolyte. He graduated from Beaver Local High School in 1969, serving as class president his junior and senior years and as a member of the basketball team. An avid bowler, David won many awards in area tournaments, including competing as a member of the Friendly Lanes’ 1984 Ohio State Championship team. He was also a member of the Elks Golfing League.Other memberships included BPOE Lodge #258; Sons of the American Legion #374; Moose Lodge #122; East Liverpool Riddle Lodge #315 F & AM Wellsville Eagles; and social membership at Post #66 of the VFW.

A volunteer and supporter of the East Liverpool Area YMCA (now the Ohio Valley YMCA), David was a past board member and recognized as a Pop Warner Fellow for his contributions. David believed that East Liverpool’s future success depended upon its youth. He also believed that the YMCA helped children to develop their own interests and gain confidence in life.

An area resident all his life, David served as president of Mason Color Works, Inc. from 1993 until his untimely death on July 26th, 2000 at the age of 49.

David felt that the people of our community should value and support the East Liverpool branch of Kent State University, believing that the greatest gift we can give children is an education. This memorial scholarship honors David and his goal of creating a better future for the children of our area.

Lucile Mayberry

Lucile Loose was born in 1895 to Nathaniel and Lillian Loose on a farm near Tiffin, Ohio. After school, she served ten years as a secretary in the office of the Seneca County civil engineer. Lucile then spent three years at the nursing school of the Kirksville, Missouri School of Osteopathy.  She earned her registered nurse certification in Ohio. Lucile subsequently moved to Toledo, Ohio under the Toledo Nursing Registry.

In 1929, she married Clarence M. Mayberry, DO, who was associated with the Marietta, Ohio clinic group.  In 1935, they moved to East Liverpool, Ohio. Lucile became a member of the First United Methodist Church. She died in December 27th, 1990.

Lois McClurg

Lois Huntsberger McClurg, wife of John McClurg and mother of James, Gary and Bonnie McClurg, passed away in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on March 22nd, 1994 after a five-year struggle with cancer.

Mrs. McClurg was a believer in the value of education and a supporter of many educational endeavors throughout her life. As a tribute, the officers and directors of Seaforth Mineral have chosen to honor her with this memorial scholarship.

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Harry D. McConville

Born December 29th, 1910, East Liverpool native Harry D. McConville was well-known in the community for his love of, and service to, the people of the city.  At East Liverpool High School, from which he graduated in 1930, Harry was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball. He attended Monmouth College in Illinois and subsequently managed the A&P Tea Store in New Cumberland, West Virginia.

Harry joined the Marines two days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He participated in the Guadalcanal invasion and later contributed his recollection of that event for a history of the Marine Corps 2nd Battalion, 1st Division. Harry also made combat beach landings in Guam and Okinawa.

After fulfilling his military commitment, Harry joined the Internal Revenue Service. In 1972, he was recognized as one of only two recipients of the IRS Distinguished Service Award. After Harry retired in 1976, Congressman Douglas Applegate hired Harry to manage the congressman’s East Liverpool offices. Upon Applegate’s retirement, Harry kept the same position with Congressman James Traficant.

In March 2000, Harry was honored with an official Congressional proclamation, recognizing his selfless and meritorious service to the community.  

He served on the East Liverpool Board of Education for eight years, during which time the Potters’ Field House was constructed and the building programs for the new high school and elementary school were carried out. Establishing a branch of Kent State University in East Liverpool was a pet project of Harry’s.  To that end, he served as chairman of the East Liverpool Campus Kent State University Advisory Board for two decades. Harry was awarded the Kent State University Distinguished Service Award, the highest recognition paid to a non-employee.

In 2000, Harry was inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame. He was named to the East Liverpool High School Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as being named a Distinguished Alumnus by the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association, where he had also served on the Board of Directors. He was a recipient of the East Liverpool Jaycees Civic Service Award.

Harry was a member of many groups, including the East Liverpool Rotary Club (member and past president); the Blue & White Nonpareil Club (co-founder); the Blue & White Touchdown Club; the Frontliners of the Ohio State football program (member); and the OSU football program (committee member).  He belonged to the Columbiana County Democratic Club, Amreican Legion Post #4, and the Disabled American Veterans of East Liverpool. He served on the Columbiana County Board of Elections for many years. Harry was a member of St. Aloysius Parish. A seasoned world traveler, Harry visited every continent and more than 137 countries.

An avid gardener and outdoorsman, Harry is legendary because of his dedication and loyalty to his community, education, and the East Liverpool High School athletics program. Harry died March 20th, 2001. This scholarship was established in his memory to honor his love of education and lifelong pursuit of learning, his belief in the young people of our area, and his gentleness and grace.

Judge John B. McDonald & Ellen D. McDonald

John B. McDonald, Jr. was born on March 31st, 1914, son of John B. McDonald, Sr. and Amelia Meredith McDonald. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1933 and from Lafayette College in 1937.  He earned his law degree at Western Reserve University in 1941. A veteran of service with the Navy during World War II, McDonald served as a Lieutenant in the Atlantic and the Pacific from 1942 through 1946.

He joined the Brookes, Lynch & McDonald law firm in 1942. John then served as city law director until 1952, and as assistant prosecuting attorney for Columbiana County from 1966 through 1969. He then joined the firm of McDonald & Fannin in Calcutta, and served as municipal court judge of East Liverpool from 1970 through 1984. 

During his tenure, Judge McDonald received several awards, including three Excellent Judicial Awards from the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. He served as a teacher with the Ohio Judicial College and was a member of the Supreme Court’s Traffic Commission. Judge McDonald was instrumental in bringing St. Clair Township under the jurisdiction of the local municipal court.

Judge McDonald was a member of numerous civic organizations, including the American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; Kiwanis Club; and Elks Lodge #258.

In 1986, Judge McDonald was made an honorary life member in the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce.  He was a member of many professional organizations and was active with the Ohio Judicial Council and the Municipal Judges Association. He was a member of the bar associations of the state of Ohio State and Columbiana County for more than five decades.

Ellen Dirr was born in Kansas City, Missouri on December 11th, 1915. She moved to Florida at an early age and attended Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) to study fashion design and retailing. She was a ready-to-wear buyer in Florida for several years before moving to East Liverpool in May 1947 as a buyer for the former A. J. Olsen Company’s three stores. On April 18th, 1950, she married John McDonald.

Mrs. McDonald’s activities included membership in the Quota Club, serving as a member and past president of the Colonial Club, and membership in the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary.

For many years, both Judge and Mrs. McDonald were active in the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, where he served as secretary. They were members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where Mrs. McDonald served on the altar guild. Both McDonalds were interested in the education of young people and supported the East Liverpool Schools Foundation, as well as the Tri-State Area Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation—(now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation). 

After Judge McDonald’s death on August 20th, 1992, Mrs. McDonald established the Judge John B. McDonald Scholarship via Tuition Mission. She did this in memory of her husband and his many contributions to the city he loved.  Mrs. McDonald died on April 5th, 1998 and her name was subsequently added to the scholarship.

Donald R. & Polly C. McGillivray

Donald R. “Don” McGillivray was born in 1914 in East Liverpool, Ohio, where he lived most of his life. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1932 and attended Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Following his graduation from the Ohio State University School of Banking, Don continued on to the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and the Kent State School of Consumer Credit.  He married the former Olive “Polly” Cline in 1936.

Don began his career with the Actuarial Department of the Ohio Industrial commission in Columbus, returning to East Liverpool when he later began work with the Brotherhood of Operative Potters. He joined the Potters Bank & Trust in 1946 and became vice-president in 1961.  He was a former president of the Columbiana County Bankers Association.

Don was involved with the First United Methodist Church. He served as treasurer of the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce and served as chairman of the East Liverpool Board of Utilities. Don was a board member of the Columbiana County Motor Club, a trustee of the Riverview Cemetery Association, a member of the Elks, and a member of both the East Liverpool and Columbiana County Historical Societies.

Mr. McGillivray died on February 28th, 2002. This scholarship was launched in his memory by his wife Polly and his many friends.

Richard Joseph "Dickie" McGrew

Richard Joseph “Dickie” McGrew was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on April 12th, 1962 to Richard James “R. J.” and Margaret “Peggy” McGrew. He attended St. Aloysius Elementary School and served as an altar boy at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, serving Sunday mass, weddings and funerals.  

Dickie was a 1980 graduate of East Liverpool High School and a longtime member of the East Liverpool Area YMCA (now the Ohio Valley YMCA). At ELHS, he lettered in football and participated in a variety of extracurricular activities, including both theatre and choir. 

In June 1987, Dickie earned his BA in Physical Education Sports Management from Youngstown State University. While earning his degree, he continued to hold several jobs, including at the East Liverpool Area YMCA and the East Liverpool Motor Lodge’s fitness center.

When Dickie died suddenly on January 2nd, 2009, he was employed by the Federal Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons in Elkton, Ohio. Dickie served there as a recreation specialist. He was survived by his mother, his daughter Alyssa Page McGrew, his brother Michael Patrick McGrew and wife Catherine, and his nephew Sean Michael McGrew.

Dickie was one of those rare people who never met a stranger. No matter what his mood, he had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. In addition to his family members, Dickie also left behind a wide circle of friends, many of whom were his classmates from East Liverpool High School.  This perpetual memorial scholarship was established in Dickie’s memory by friends, family and colleagues.

Ira V. Morris

Edwin S. Morse

Ira Vern Morris was born in Pine Grove, West Virginia in 1929. When he was in sixth grade, his father passed away. Ira quit school to work and earn money to support his mother and six younger siblings. When he was 16, word traveled to Pine Grove that a steel mill in Midland, Pennsylvania was hiring laborers. Ira and his twin brother Harry traveled to Midland, lied about their age and were both hired at Midland’s Crucible Steel. They worked at Crucible until they left to enlist in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

After returning from Korea, both Ira and Harry resumed employment at Crucible and lived in nearby East Liverpool, Ohio. Ira ended up working at Crucible Steel for over 37 years, until it closed in 1982.

Ira and Harry both prioritized family, ensuring that their mother and younger siblings had a roof over their heads and food on the table. Though Ira didn’t go past sixth grade, he stressed to his nieces and nephews the importance of education. He told them never to take it for granted, often reminding them that once an education is earned, it’s something no one can ever take away.

Edwin Simeon Morse was born in August 5th, 1915 to Lewis C. and Jane Morse. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1933 and was also a graduate of Robert Morris College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Morse’s career began in 1939 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, where he worked as the comptroller for the L. B. Foster Company. On August 23rd, 1940, Mr. Morse married Jean Rose Newman. They reared their two sons, David and Christopher, in East Liverpool.

From 1946 until 1972, when the company was sold, Mr. Morse served as the chairman of the board of Taylor, Smith & Taylor Company in Chester, West Virginia. Between 1950 and 1972, he also served as treasurer and operating officer of the National Retailers Guild. His other professional positions included serving with Cavalier China Company; serving as treasurer of Sebring Container Company; and serving as president of the former Timber Craft, a wooden gift manufacturer in Chester.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, Mr. Morse was treasurer for Blair-Morse, Inc. Management Control Corporation and as a consultant for Energy Development Corporation, both of which were oil-and-gas exploration companies based in East Liverpool. From 1973 through 1977, Mr. Morse also served as president of the Ceramics Division of the Anchor-Hocking Corporation. From the late 1970's through the early 1980's, he served as a financial consultant for the Jackman S. Vodrey Law Offices in East Liverpool.  

In addition to his multiple career pursuits, Mr. Morse was active in a broad swath of family-related, civic and community organizations. He served as a board member of the Columbiana County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Little League Association, the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce, the United States Potters Association, and the East Liverpool Hospital Association.  

Mr. Morse also served on the boards of the former First National Bank, the former Potters Savings & Loan in East Liverpool, the former First National Bank of Chester, and the former Citizens Banking Company of Salineville.

David Morse died in 1996 and Jean Morse died in 2001. Mr. Morse moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 2003 in order to be near Christopher.

Mr. Morse was 90 when he died on June 10th, 2006 in Cape Coral. In addition to Christopher and his wife Dawn, Mr. Morse was survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Lester Anthony Needham

Lester Anthony “Les” Needham was born on May 7th, 1941 in Somerset, Pennsylvania, a son of Harry and Annette Shelbert Needham. He was a graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he was active in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In the Vietnam War, he served with the Army.

Les worked as a self-employed software designer for Needham & Associates. He was active in the Wellsville chapter of the Sons of Italy, the Elks and the Wellsville Revitalization Committee. Les married Mary Jo Ionadi on July 14th, 1979. They had a son, Erin. Les died August 25th, 2005 and was survived by his wife and son.

J. Norman Nicely & Gyla Stern Nicely

J. Norman “Norm” Nicely was born on November 9th, 1910, son of William and Lieda Nicely in Darlington, Pennsylvania. He enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, studying accounting and business administration.

In 1931, Norm came to East Liverpool working as a local Pennzoil dealer. In 1936, the firm became the Hays Oil Company. During World War II, Norm spent four years in the Army, including service in the European theatre. He attained the rank of commissioned warrant officer. In 1946, Norm returned to East Liverpool and bought an interest in Hays Oil. He served as its president, and remained an officer and employee of the company until retirement.

His community activities included two years as chairman of the East Liverpool Chapter of the American Red Cross; president of the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club; and a two-year term as president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also a longtime member of the Columbiana County Memorial Park board. Norm was an avid golfer.

Norm served both as a lay reader and as Sunday school superintendent at the Penn Avenue Methodist Church. Additionally, he served as chairman of the Pastoral Relations Committee and was a member of many church boards. In retirement, he did consulting work and enjoyed golf, fishing and boating.

Norm died on January 24th, 1999, leaving his wife of 58 years, Gyla Stern Nicely. This memorial scholarship has been established in Norm’s memory to assist area college students.

Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought with ardor and vigor.

Delmar T. O'Hara & Becky Janet O'Hara

Delmar T. O’Hara and his wife, the former Becky Janet Savage, were both born and reared in Wellsville, Ohio and remained lifelong residents.

After graduating from Wellsville High School in 1934, Mr. O’Hara earned a BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1938. During World War II, he served as an officer in the Naval Air Corps.  After earning his law degree at Western Reserve University, Mr. O'Hara returned to Wellsville to open his law practice.  Mrs. O'Hara earned a degree in nursing education at Ohio State University.

Mr. O’Hara founded both the O’Hara Realty Company and the family business, W. C. Bunting. He was actively involved in many civic and fraternal organizations, and both O’Haras supported the Tri-State Area Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation—now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation—for the benefit of needy college-bound students in the Wellsville area.  

The O’Haras gave their five children wonderful educational opportunities. The O'Haras saw education as the key to a well-rounded life, one rich in discovery and in versatility.  Mrs. O’Hara’s particular interest was in aiding those pursuing an education in nursing.

Mrs. O’Hara died in 1975 at the age of 57. Mr. O’Hara died in December 1978 at the age of 62. This memorial scholarship helps needy students find the means to discover the educational benefits recognized and cherished by Delmar and Becky O’Hara.

Jonathan O. Parry

Jonathan O. Parry was born August 31st, 1948 in Chicago, son of Elvid and Dorothy Walton Parry. He earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. After earning an MFA degree in jewelry and metal-smithing from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Jonathan served on the RIT faculty.

Jonathan joined the Homer Laughlin China Company in September 1975. He served as art director from 1984 until April 2000. He was creatively involved with the resurgence of Fiesta dinnerware’s popularity.  His “Pompeii” fruit design was featured on the cover of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin and led to his receiving several significant awards for his work.

Jonathan’s jewelry was exhibited all over the world. One of his jewelry designs was purchased by, and later exhibited at, the Minnesota Museum of Fine Arts. Jonathan was known for his many designs in both ceramics and jewelry, which he made available for many local charities and auctions.

Jonathan died April 28th, 2000. His family and friends established this memorial scholarship in honor of his belief in higher education.

George A. & Isabel S. Patterson

George A. Patterson was born in Tuscarawas County, Pennsylvania on October 5th, 1901. His family moved to the East Liverpool area when he was a boy. He worked for area farmers and attended East Liverpool schools.

Isabel Smith was born in Wellsville, Ohio on her father’s farm on June 5th, 1902. She graduated from Wellsville High School and the College of Wooster. She taught at the Coal Hollow School, a one-room schoolhouse.

George and Isabel were married on January 15th, 1923 and moved to Pennsylvania, where six of their children were born. In 1943, upon the death of Isabel’s father, David Smith, they moved to her family farm, where they spent the remainder of their lives. They both loved the farm and were deeply involved with their church and their community. Because times were hard when their own children attended college, the Pattersons wanted to establish this memorial to help area students further their education.

Robert B. & Betty N. Patterson

Robert B. “Bob” Patterson was born on November 26th, 1926 in East Liverpool, son of George Albert Patterson and Katherine Brookes Patterson.

Bob lived in East Liverpool almost all his life. He attended East Liverpool High School until 1942, then transferred to the Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey, where he became an all-state goalie for the school’s soccer team. He graduated from Peddie in 1944 and then entered the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where he studied to be a navigator. As an ensign, he served in both the Pacific and European theatres during the remainder and aftermath of World War II. 

After the war, Bob attended Yale University, but left to help with the family business, Patterson Cleaners.  Over the years, he and his partner built Patterson-Wetzel Cleaners into one of the most successful retail dry cleaners in the area. 

In 1972, Bob left the business to start a new adventure in the insurance industry.  He joined his good friend Bill McNutt at the McNutt Insurance Agency and eventually became president and owner of the enterprise. Although he entered the insurance industry late in life, Bob became an expert in the field and was the first Charter Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in Columbiana County.  He was a past president of the Columbiana County Insurance Agents and the Youngstown Chapter of the CPCU Society.

Bob married to the former Betty Noble of Kokomo, Indiana. They had two children, Jane Ann and Robert, Jr., and two grandchildren, Emily and Matthew Patterson. Their family members and many friends established this memorial to honor the Pattersons' shared commitment to education and the people of East Liverpool.

Florence C. Penn

Born in Chicago, Illinois on July 8th, 1898, Florence Julia Christiansen was the daughter of Danish immigrants Robert and Bertha Madsen Christiansen.

Her father, an architect, came to the United States shortly before her birth. Florence had a sister, Elizabeth, and three brothers: Henry, Roy and Elmer.  After high school, Florence completed both finishing and secretarial schools in Chicago.

Florence married Hamilton Orville Penn, a successful businessman. The couple moved to Eastchester, New York and in 1926, Ham formed the H. O. Penn Machinery Company, Inc. The company was awarded the New York distributorship for Caterpillar machinery in 1933, and it still prospers today. In 1930, their only daughter, Margaret Ann—known as Peggy—was born. Ham died in 1946.

Although reared a Lutheran, Florence became an enthusiastic member of the Reformed Church in Bronxville, New York. She was a devout Christian and avid Bible reader and took delight in church activities.

Florence was a civic-minded individual and philanthropic in both her neighborhood and the larger community. As a member of the American Red Cross during World War II, Florence knitted hundreds of scarves and pairs of socks for the soldiers. She was instrumental in establishing the Bargain Box, an organization which still benefits Bronxville’s Lawrence Hospital to this day.  More locally, Florence was a special favorite of children in her neighborhood. They visited her for sweets and baked goods and referred to her as “Mrs. Cookie Penn.”

Florence was an accomplished pianist and organist. She attended and supported the New York Symphony throughout her adult life, and supported the Lake Placid Club Symphonetta. She often read a novel a week, and was a member of the Pelham Manor Literary Club in Pelham, New York. Florence was a superb bridge player and participated in a weekly bridge game well into her nineties.

Throughout her life, Florence made numerous trips to the village of Harby on the Danish Island of Fyn to visit her beloved grandfather Robert Madsen, a ship chandler for the Matson Shipping Lines.  She loved travel and made several trips around the globe.

Florence Penn died on April 1st, 1995, just three months before her 97th birthday. Florence’s seemingly limitless generosity and kindness, as well as her zest for life, serve as her legacies.

William E. Pickin, Sr.

William E. “Bill” Pickin, Sr. was born April 14th, 1921 to Albert and Nellie Frost Pickin. After graduating from East Liverpool High School in 1940, Bill attended Western Reserve Academy and Miami University at Oxford, Ohio before leaving after his sophomore year to join the Army. During World War II, he served as sergeant during World War II in central Europe.  In Company B of the 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, Bill earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the American Theatre Ribbon and the Bronze Star.

Bill was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry for several years. For three decades, Bill served as national sales manager for the Homer Laughlin China Company, retiring in 1989.  His other professional accomplishments included part ownership of the former Wellsville China, which he and his brothers-in-law, Richard and Harvey Moninger, acquired in 1950.

An avid golfer, Bill was an East Liverpool Country Club member for more than seven decades, and served the ELCC as president and as a member of the board for two terms.

He was past president and treasurer of the Associated Glass & Pottery Manufacturers; a one-time member of the East Liverpool Rotary Club; a member of the Riverview Cemetery Association; a strong supporter of the East Liverpool Area YMCA (now the Ohio Valley YMCA) and the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association; and a member of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Finally, Bill was a member of the Coahces’ Club at the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame and a member of the Blue and White Touchdown Club.

Bill died August 30th, 2006. He was survived by his wife, Winifred Wells Pickin, and his two sons, William E. Pickin, Jr. and Stephen T, Pickin and their families.  Bill was predeceased by his daughter Barbie, who died May 31st, 1969. His gentlemanly nature, generosity and sense of humor are sorely missed.

J. Bennett Porter

John Bennett Porter was born on a farm in New Cumberland, West Virginia on November 14th, 1882. He was known by his friends as “Ben” or J. B.” He was one of five sons born to Captain John Porter and Carey Porter.

Captain Porter founded Globe Brick, later known as Globe Refractories, Inc. As the eldest son, Ben had to tend to the duties on the farm, which precluded his obtaining a formal education. He recognized the need for an education, and pursued knowledge through extensive reading. Ben Porter served as president of Globe Brick from 1933 to 1951. He was a director of the First National Bank and of the Potters Savings & Loan of East Liverpool, Ohio.  

Ben gave generously to institutions of higher learning and supported the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation) from its inception. Ben died on January 13th, 1977.

David S. Porter

David S. Porter was born in Newell, West Virginia on February 15th, 1928. He and his brother Sidney, Jr. were born to Eleanor and Sidney C. Porter, Sr. 

After attending the Peddie School, David enrolled at Yale University, where he earned his BS in engineering. He was an ingenious inventor who held multiple patents. He was an avid golfer and tennis player. When David died September 13th, 2013, he was survived by Ruth Porter, his wife of 61 years; his twin Sid; his children, grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

The best teachers show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.

Joseph W. Prager

Joseph Wayne Prager was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 29th, 1907. He studied commercial engineering at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), from whence he graduated in 1928.

Joe moved to East Liverpool, Ohio in 1934 and became the owner and operator of the Tri-State Credit Bureau, working there until his retirement in 1972. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Corps, Joe served his country during World War II and was recalled as a reservist during the Korean War.

He was a member of many organizations, including the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club (director); the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America (member); and the United Way (board member). Joe was active in a number of environmental and conservation organizations. 

Joe was a vital part of the success of the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (known now as the  Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation). He volunteered his time and energies tirelessly, serving as the alumni committee chairman from October 1980 until his death. Faithful to the end, Joe made his last weekly Thursday afternoon visit to the foundation's office on January 30th, 1997 and died the following Monday morning at the age of 89. He would have turned 90 the following month. His dedication, countless volunteer hours and weekly presence are greatly missed.  

Tuition Mission was fortunate to have a volunteer as dedicated as Joe, who left a sizable portion of his estate to the foundation.

Melvin L. Pullie, Jr. 

Melvin L. Pullie, Jr. was born January 19th, 1969 to Melvin L. Pullie, Sr. and Theresa Pullie. He graduated from Wellsville High school in 1987 and earned a degree in business administration, minoring in computer science, at Kent State University. He was employed at the McGraw Hill Publishing Company.

Mel died March 20th, 2005, after a long struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). He was survived by his son Marquis and daughter Monique, by his parents, and by his sister Janell and brother Todd.

Mary Alice Rardin

Mary Alice Thornton was born on October 1st, 1924 in Rennick, West Virginia.  After having graduated from Chester High School in 1941, Mary Alice studied at the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1946.  Over the next 30 years, she was employed as an RN or industrial nurse at East Liverpool City Hospital; Taylor, Smith & Taylor Pottery; during the construction of the  Shippingport atomic power station; and at the Crucible Steel Corporation.

Mary Alice returned to East Liverpool City Hospital in 1972 and retired from there in 1983.  She continued to work part-time as an RN for Portamedic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until the time of her death.

For the first few years of its existence, Mary Alice served as a trustee for the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (then known as the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation).  

As one of the earliest members of the South Side Memorial American Legion Post #952 Auxiliary, Mary Alice was the founder of the Junior Auxiliary and actively continued in leadership roles throughout her life.  She was a member of the Tri-County (Beaver-Butler-Lawrence) Council; a member of the Beaver County Historical Society; and a member of the South Side Area School District’s Planning Committee.

Mary Alice not only worked and volunteered her time with organized groups, but is sorely missed for her constant care of many throughout the community.  She cared for peoples’ needs during illness, drove them to appointments and cheerfully visited them to simply brighten their day.

Mary Alice was mother of three daughters and had five grandchildren. Her devoted family and friends established this memorial scholarship to honor her memory and continue her active work in bettering the lives of others.

Brenda M. Reed

Brenda Marlene Hayhurst was born in New Martinsville, West Virginia on September 27th, 1954 to Edward L. Hayhurst and Mary Elizabeth Price Hayhurst. Brenda was a 1973 graduate of East Liverpool High School and lived most of her life in East Liverpool. She and Ryan R. Reed were married on October 6th, 1979.

From 2000 through 2006, Brenda worked as a bookkeeper with the Jackman S. Vodrey Law Offices, where she was known for her exceptional accuracy, her work ethic and her wonderful laugh. She served as primary bookkeeper for the local chapter of the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (then known as the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation). Before joining the Vodrey Law Offices, Brenda had been employed by the Tri-State Credit Bureau and by McKinney’s Furniture.

After a short illness, Brenda died on October 8th, 2006. She was survived by her husband, Ryan; their children Marcie Rae Reed and Randall L. Reed; and her grandson, Jacob Tyler Reed. Brenda is missed by her family, her friends and her co-workers.

H. Arthur "Lucky" Rice

H. Arthur "Lucky" Rice was born August 22nd, 1924 in Chester, West Virginia to Hamer and Rose Rice. He spent his entire life in the tri-state area.

Lucky served with the U. S. Navy during World War II. On July 31st, 1945, he married A. Berdina Boyd.  They had two daughters, Cheryl and Shiela, and two sons, Jan and Lawrence. Lawrence died in a car accident in Ghent, Belgium in 1983.  

At the Glenmoor Presbyterian Church, Lucky served as a deacon. He was a member of the American Legion in Glenmoor and a former member of the Ruritan Club. From 1946 through 1973, Lucky worked for Smith & Phillips furniture store as a carpet mechanic. He served as an East Liverpool City Schools truant office from 1973 to 1989, and again from 2003 to 2005.  

The East Liverpool High School cafeteria floor sports a school crest laid by Lucky Rice. He provided the tile work at the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association clock tower and also helped in the construction of the tiled donor wall at East Liverpool City Hospital.

When Lucky died on September 28th, 2010, he was survived by his wife of 65 years, his two daughters and son, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. This memorial was provided by family members and friends.

Lawrence G. Rice

Lawrence G. “Larry” Rice was born May 11th, 1946, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rice of East Liverpool.  He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1964 and from Bowling Green State University in 1968.  As a member of the college ROTC, he served as a 1st lieutenant in Vietnam. 

On his return from Vietnam, Larry spent 13 years in both the United States and Europe working as a contracts manager for the Raytheon data systems department. 

He served as chairman of the United Way for Raytheon in 1982. Larry was killed in a car accident in Ghent, Belgium on July 14th, 1983.  Larry had received financial assistance from the Tuition Mission Foundation (when it was known as the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation) and he was an avid supporter of the foundation.

Frank N. & Gertrude H. Richmond

Frank N. Richmond was born in Hancock County, West Virginia on February 1st, 1905, son of George T. and Rosella Nelson Richmond. Frank graduated from Chester High School in 1922. He attended Ohio Valley Business College and Westminster College. Frank completed banking courses at the American Institute of Banking, LaSalla Institute and Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh.

He worked for 61 years at the First National Bank in East Liverpool, Ohio and at one time, served as vice president.

Frank's other activities included membership in the East Liverpool Rotary Club and the northern Hancock chapter of the American Red Cross. He served as treasurer for decades for both. He was a member and past treasurer of the East Liverpool Music Association and past president and treasurer of the East Liverpool Dahlia and Floral Society. He was also a member of the John Stark Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Frank was the last survivor of the former East Liverpool Apollo Male Chorus and the Chester Double Male Quartet.  

Gertrude Shaw was born in West Newton, Pennsylvania, on November 4th, 1905, daughter of Walter and Anna Shaw. She and her family moved to Chester, West Virginia in 1919. Gertrude graduated from Chester High School in 1923 and from Kent Normal School in Kent, Ohio in 1925.  She taught at Shepherd’s Valley School and Chester Central Building until 1929, when she married Frank.

Gertrude and Frank were members of the Chester First Presbyterian Church (formerly First United Presbyterian). Gertrude belonged to the Ladies’ Missionary Society, taught a children’s Sunday School class, and was church organist for twenty years.  Frank served the church in a variety of capacities, including elder, trustee, Bible school superintendent and choir leader.  

Gertrude was a member of the Chester Civic Club; the East Liverpool New Century Club; the East Liverpool Dahlia Society; and the East Liverpool Garden Club.  Gertrude served as chairman of the Upper Hancock County Tuberculosis Society for many years.

Gertrude died on February 12th, 1979 at the age of 73.  This dual memorial was originally established by Gertrude’s husband, who died on January 2nd, 2002 at the age of 96.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William C. Robbins

After three decades of working of Jones & Laughlin Steel Company, “Robby” returned to teaching and discovered the career of a lifetime.

His impact was best described in the 1974 Rambler yearbook dedication: “Through all our years at South Side [High School], you have been here guiding, helping, and being like a father to us—to our friend, Mr. William C. Robbins.”

This scholarship signifies Robby's love of helping students achieve their educational dreams. The family and friends of William C. Robbins have created this memorial in memory of his ten years of teaching at SSHS.

John M. Roberts IV and Sarah Cawood Roberts

John M. "Jack" Roberts IV was born on December 3rd, 1920, a great-grandson of the founder of John M. Roberts & Sons Jewelers, which was the oldest family-owned jewelry store in America. He graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and Harvard University. Jack served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Braine and the U.S.S. Barker.  After the war, he returned to Harvard, earning his MBA in 1947.

Sarah, who went by the nickname Sally, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Cawood. She was reared in East Liverpool, Ohio, along with her sister Kay. She attended the former Art Institute of Philadelphia and became a proficient artist specializing in oils and pastels. At a Pirates baseball game in 1948, she met Jack Roberts and they married a year later.

After having served for five years as treasurer of John M. Roberts & Sons Jewelers, Jack went on to become president and treasurer of the Patterson Foundry & Machine Company in East Liverpool, Ohio. After leaving there, Jack served first as treasurer, then president and chairman of the American Paper Products Company from 1955 until his retirement in 1985.

Jack died on June 4th, 2012. Sally died on January 6th, 2019. Surviving Sally and Jack are their daughter, Randy; their sons John Mark, Richard and Loughrey; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Sherwood D. Robinson & Jean Ryan Robinson 

Sherwood D. “Robbie” Robinson was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania on August 21st, 1922 to Howard and Anna M. Williams Robinson. He moved to East Liverpool as a child and resided there for the rest of his life. Robbie graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1940 and was a life member of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. He enlisted in the Army in 1942, served in Europe and was wounded in France in 1944.

Elva Jean Roush was born in East Liverpool on August 31st, 1922 to Edward E. and Mae Gardner Roush. She went by her middle name. Jean graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1939 and was a staunch supporter of the school, looking forward every summer to the Olde Garde luncheon. She and Robbie married in 1968.

After having worked as a seamstress for Zack's in downtown East Liverpool for 25 years, Jean retired in 1987. She was a longtime member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in East Liverpool and a passionate gardener.

Robbie was active in the East Liverpool community.  His many memberships included being a 32nd degree Mason and member of Riddle Lodge #315, Valley of Steubenville; the Al Koran Temple; the East Liverpool Shrine Club; the York Rite Bodies; VFW Post #66; Disabled American Veterans; Post #66 National Champion Drill Team; American Legion Post #374; East Liverpool Area YMCA (now known as the Ohio Valley YMCA); life member of the Elks Lodge #258; and charter member of the Tri-State Casting Club. Robbie was proud of having been the first inductee into the Doorknob Toss Hall of Fame in East Liverpool. 

After having worked at the Hall China Company for 39 years, Robbie retired in 1985. He died August 6th, 2006 and Jean died December 3rd, 2014. They were survived by Jean's four children, six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. This memorial scholarship was established by the Robinsons' family and friends.

Lindsey M. Salsberry

Lindsey M. Salsberry was born on October 27th, 1985, a daughter of Richard and Linda Linger Salsberry.  She was a lifelong resident of Wellsville, Ohio.  

Lindsey was salutatorian of the Wellsville High School Class of 2004. In high school, she ran track and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Pep Club. She attended West Virginia University, where she was employed at the Rec Center. She also worked at Long John Silver’s. Lindsey was a member of the Covenant United Presbyterian Church in Wellsville.  

Lindsey lost her courageous battle with cancer on March 13th, 2007, at the age of 21. She was survived by her loving parents, her sister Brittany and brother Ricky. She was also survived by her grandfather, Jack Linger and his wife June, and by her grandmother Joyce Salsberry. She left behind many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.  This perpetual memorial was funded by Lindsey’s family and her many friends.

Matthew Salsberry

A week after graduating from East Liverpool High School in 1999, Matthew Salsberry and two of his classmates were killed in a car accident on their way home from a college orientation session. The Matthew Salsberry Memorial Scholarship was created in his memory.

Frederick M. Saltsman

Frederick M. “Fred” Saltsman was born on January 10th, 1929 near Hammondsville, Ohio. He lived on the family farm and raised beef cattle his entire life. Fred was a member of the varsity basketball team at Irondale High School, where he was a member of the class of 1947.

He was the owner and operator of the former Saltsman Lumber Company and Saltsman Trucking. Fred was also a member of the Farm Bureau. He served as a trustee of Pine Grove United Methodist Church and Cemetery for many years. In this capacity, Fred was instrumental in the restoration of the one-room Pine Grove Schoolhouse, which is now used as a community building.

From 1988 through 1993, Fred’s wife, Joanne, served as secretary-treasurer of the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation).  

Fred died on May 18th, 2000.  His family is very appreciative of the creation of this memorial scholarship.

Kevin A. Sanford

Kevin A. Sanford was born February 16th, 1955 to Delmas and Doris Goodman Sanford of East Liverpool. He was reared in East Liverpool and graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1973. Kevin and his father owned and operated Sanford and Son Plumbing.

Kevin was very community-minded. He served on the board of directors of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association from its inception in 1986, and served as construction chairman of the clock tower and museum. Kevin devoted countless on-site hours to this job.

His other community service included nine years as a trustee for Liverpool Township and as a member of the board of the Ohio Valley Home Health Service. He served on the boards of the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the East Liverpool Area YMCA. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Jaycees. A member of the First Church of the Nazarene in East Liverpool, Kevin was a 25-year member of the board. He married the former Christine Massey on November 4th, 1978. They had one son, Christopher.

Kevin died May 29th, 1998 at the age of 43. This memorial was established by his many admirers to affirm that Kevin’s life made a positive difference in their lives, and now can continue to do so for others every year.

[A mind] stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.

Father Charles Henry Savage

Father Charles Henry “Doc” Savage had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye and a stern message when needed, but it was always given with love.

Doc was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1920. His life took many twists and turns before he arrived in Chester, West Virginia in 1985 to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a priest. He remained pastor of Sacred Heart Parish until his retirement in 1995.

After earning his Masters in Education from the University of Maine, Doc obtained his Franciscan Order Novitiate from St. Bonaventure University. He served in the Navy during World War II and began to work towards his goal of becoming a priest. However, because of the untimely death of his sister, Doc left the Order and returned home to rear not only her children, but several foster children as well. In order to support his family, he taught high school in Madawaska, Lewiston and Falmouth High Schools in Maine and Framingham, Massachusetts from 1948 to 1979.

Doc was active with the Key Club for many years, and this led to a meeting with Father Charles McCallister from West Virginia. He invited Doc to “come see what West Virginia has to offer.” Upon completing his schooling, Doc was ordained into the priesthood on June 6th, 1981 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Charleston, West Virginia. This 61-year old man saw his dream become a reality, 40 years after it began.

Father Savage was an inspiration to all who knew him. After his retirement from Sacred Heart Parish, Father Savage chose to make his home in Chester until his death on July 14th, 2000. A perpetual memorial has been established by his many friends and family. It honors a man who loved children and recognized the importance of education.

George & Alice Schneidmiller

George Schneidmiller was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on January 11th, 1909, a son of Heinrich and Helen Stieler Schneidmiller. He worked as a sales agent for the Metropolitan Insurance Company and was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Mr. Schneidmiller served with the Army during World War II.

Mr. Schneidmiller married Alice May Wheeler and together they had a son, Kurt. Alice Schneidmiller suffered from Parkinson’s disease for the last seven years of her life, and her husband’s devotion to her during this difficult battle was awe-inspiring. Mr. Schneidmiller died May 3rd, 2006, in his hometown of East Liverpool. This memorial was established by Richard G. Milner, a Schneidmiller family friend, and continued by Kurt Schneidmiller.

David Schondelmayer

David Schondelmayer was born on November 5th, 1943 in Danville, Illinois, son of Reverend Robert Schondelmayer and Marjorie Hepler Schondelmayer.  

As the son of a minister, he moved a great deal during his childhood. His family lived in Danville and Champaign, Illinois for three years; in the Philipppines, where his parents served as missionaries; in Akron and in Arlington, Indiana; in Griffith, Indiana, where he graduated from high school; and in Chester, West Virginia, when he was drafted into the armed forces in 1965.

David first started working for the Hot Dog Shoppe in 1968 at the Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania location, eventually moving to East Liverpool in 1970. After years of living in parsonages and apartments, he was glad to finally own his own home in East Liverpool with his wife and sons. The Schondelmayer boys were educated in the East Liverpool school district. David was manager of the Hot Dog Shoppe until 1989, when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The disease led to his untimely death on December 10th, 1990.  This memorial was given by Ray and Joe Trevelline of the Hot Dog Shoppe in David’s memory.

Dr. Jacob W. Schoolnic & Jennie K. Schoolnic

Jacob W. “Jack” Schoolnic was born in New York City on June 8th, 1906. He graduated from West Virginia University and went on to Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he earned his medical degree. After his internship in Youngstown, Dr. Schoolnic launched his practice in East Liverpool, serving the community with distinction for 63 years.

During his extensive medical career, Dr. Schoolnic received many fellowships and accolades, and served in leadership positions at East Liverpool City Hospital (ELCH) and the Columbiana County Medical Society. In 1971, Dr. Schooling was the only cardiologist serving ELCH and as such, instrumental in obtaining the intensive coronary care unit. 

Dr. Schoolnic enjoyed being involved with the Rotary Club, the East Liverpool Country Club, golf and the theatre. He was honored for his work with Israel bonds and the United Jewish Appeal. He died in East Liverpool on June 29th, 1999 at the age of 93.

Jennie “Jen” Rosson was born on December 20th, 1913 in Youngstown, Ohio, the middle child of nine girls. Her parents, Ade and Harry Rosson, had lived near Kiev, Russia, before arriving in Ohio. At 18, Jen married Harold Klivans, a jeweler. They were married for over 40 years and had three children together.

A few years after her husband’s death, she met Jack Schoolnic on a blind date.  They soon were married, and Jen moved from Youngstown to East Liverpool, where she lived for 15 years. She became an active community member, serving as a hospital volunteer and member of Hadassah. She was also an avid bridge player and golfer. 

Jen Schoolnic died on March 14th, 2004 at the age of 91.  She was survived by her children and their spouses: Sandra and Tom Hess of Baltimore, Maryland; Karen and Frank Sortino of Menlo Park, California; and Robert and Joan Klivans of Waban, Massachusetts; as well as eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Schoolnic had received vital scholarship support during his educational years, and his medical expertise enabled him to provide care to thousands of families during his lifetime. It was the Schoolnics’ hope that their gift to the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation) would encourage and enable other students to continue this service to the community.

Donald A. & Hazel C. Schreckengost

Donald A. “Don” Schreckengost was born September 23rd, 1910 in Sebring, Ohio, a son of Warren G. and Adda Schreckengost. He was a member of the class of 1929 at Sebring High School, and went on to earn a degree in ceramics, with honors, from the Cleveland Art Institute. He was a full professor and chairman of the design department at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Don was also a guest instructor at La Escuela de Bellas Artes in Mexico.

Hazel “Punk” Campbell was born in New York on September 11th, 1910 to Claude and Elizabeth Kerr Campbell. She graduated with honors (Phi Beta Kappa) from Elmira College for Women and taught high school mathematics in Wellsville, New York. In addition to having authored a mathematics textbook, Punk was a published poet.

Don and Punk married in 1938 after having met at Alfred University. In 1942, Don and Punk moved to East Liverpool. Don served as art director and director of design at the Homer Laughlin China Company. In 1960, he was named executive design diredctor at the Hall China Company and served in this capacity for 41 years. Don also worked as director of design for other area companies, including Salem China and Mayer China. In addition, he served as the O’Hommel Color Company's director of product and color.

In 1969, Don began to work at Summitville Tile, signing on as executive design director for the company.  Under his design direction over the next 31 years, the Summitville design department expanded from a staff of one to five artists, and the scope and magnitude of their work increased significantly.

Many familiar dinnerware shapes, teapots and specialty items sought by serious ceramics collectors were designed by Don Schreckengost. His freehand tile artwork is now a part of many important American residences and businesses.  These include the homes of golf champion Arnold Palmer and the former Vice-President Dan Quayle; the Copeland Oaks Retirement Center in Sebring, Ohio; and the Philadelphia subway. East Liverpool City Hospital boasts a large vertical Schreckengost mural which portrays the original hospital facility.

Punk created jewelry which was shown in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Better Homes & Gardens magazines. She was an accomplished golfer and a master championship bridge player who was much in demand as a bridge teacher. She founded and directed the East Liverpool Bridge Club for over 25 years. Punk was also a member of the Monday Literary Club for 56 years.

Don and Punk Schreckengost were members of many professional and civic organizations. Punk was one of the founders of the East Liverpool Blood Bank, a director of the Red Cross for three decades, and a board member of the Columbiana County Mental Health Board.

Don was a recipient of the East Liverpool Jaycees’ Distinguished Citizens Award and was recognized with many awards and honors.  Among these were the Menno Alexander Reeb Award for Sculpture; the prestigious Binns Medal from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University; and an appointment by President Eisenhower as Chairman of the United States Committee at the International Culture Exchange Exhibit in Geneva, Switzerland.  Locally, Don was also a longtime community booster; he helped to establish East Liverpool’s Little League baseball program, serving as its first commissioner. He was also past chairman of the United Way Campaign. 

Together, the Schreckengosts were active with St. John Lutheran Church in East Liverpool.  This scholarship assists needy local college students. It has been established in Don and Punk Schreckengost’s memories by their family members and many friends.

Robin Cheryl Shaw

A lifelong area resident, Robin Cheryl Moore was born in East Liverpool on March 2nd, 1955, a daughter of Myrtle E. Stephens Moore and Clifford “Gig” T. Moore. Robin graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1973, and on July 10th, 1976, married Wayne L. Shaw, Jr. She was interested in the medical field.  She earned a two-year degree from Ohio Valley Business College and worked for Dr. Jack Schoolnic early in her career. From there, Robin went on to serve as a medical assistant for Family Health Care in Lisbon and Salem.

After a brief illness, Robin died on March 29th, 2004. She was survived by her husband Wayne; her sisters, Raven Weber and Jaye Lawson; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and a great-nephew. This scholarship was established by the family, friends and colleagues of Robin Cheryl Shaw.

Donald D. Shay

Donald Depue Shay was a lifelong resident of East Liverpool. He was born in 1906 and attended East Liverpool schools. He graduated from Princeton University and Western Reserve Law School, returning to the area in 1932. He was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. Donald Shay was a member of the law firm of Vodrey, Vodrey, Buzzard & Shay and a former city solicitor of East Liverpool. He died in 1979.

I don’t know that there are any shortcuts to doing a good job.

Pauline G. Smiley

Pauline G. Smiley was the only child of T. Fergus Smiley and Esther May Wagner Smiley.  A lifelong resident of East Liverpool, Pauline graduated from East Liverpool High School and Ohio University. She did post-graduate work at Colorado University and Muskingum College.  

After college, she worked for Westinghouse as a mathematician on classified government contracts.  Pauline later taught in, and retired from, the East Liverpool School District. A member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association Leadership Club, she was honored posthumously by her fellow Women Auxiliary Workers at East Liverpool City Hospital.

A former high school classmate wrote after Pauline’s death that, with her great intelligence, Pauline could have been a physicist. She was a special human being who recognized the importance of education for all high school graduates, and appreciated the possibilities for learning in all young people.

Harry D. Smith

Harry D. Smith was born September 26th, 1923 in Marion, Ohio.  Harry graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1941 and from Youngstown College (now Youngstown State University) in 1949. He served three years in the Navy in the European theatre and in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Arkansas and the U.S.S. Gandy. He retired from the Ferro Corporation in East Liverpool in April 1986 after 33 years as a bookkeeper, office manager and sales coordinator. Harry was active in the Columbiana County Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Little League baseball, and was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and VFW Post #66.

Harry died on November 20th, 1996, leaving behind his wife Eva, four children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Herbert A. & Margaret Lambing Smith

Herbert A. Smith was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on July 19th, 1896. He spent most of his life in East Liverpool, Ohio. 

Descended from skilled English artists and decorators, Herbert used his talents to create and develop numerous designs and patterns for the decal industry. He was associated for 47 years with Palm Fechteler & Co., Decalcomania, as a salesman and later as office manager. Herbert was a member of Trinity United Presbyterian Church; American Legion Post #4; the Al Koran Shrine of Cleveland; and a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge #315 in East Liverpool.  

Margaret Lambing was born in Kane, Pennsylvania on July 8th, 1898.  She was a resident of Wellsville and East Liverpool for 63 years. After graduating from Wellsville High School, she became a secretary at the Stevenson Foundry and in the Pennsylvania Railroad office. Later she worked at her father’s news agency in Wellsville and became a personal shopper for Kaufmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh. Mrs. Smith was active as a member of the East Liverpool Republican Club, the Red Cross, and Trinity Presbyterian Church. She was a generous, kind and outgoing person who gave freely of herself.  This memorial represents a furtherance of Herbert and Margaret Smith’s efforts through the local chapter of the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (formerly known as the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation).

Lawrence W. & Elizabeth C. Smith

Lawrence W. “Tad” Smith was born in 1913 and reared in East Liverpool. He was a direct descendant of East Liverpool’s founder Thomas Fawcett. 

A graduate of East Liverpool High School and the University of Notre Dame, Tad earned a law degree from Duquesne University in 1941 and established his law practice the same year, after having taught in the local school system for four years. During World War II, he served in the European theatre and was awarded four Bronze Battle Stars. After the war, Tad served his hometown in the practice of law over a span of five decades.  

Tad was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church; Carroll Council #509 Knights of Columbus; Elks Lodge #258; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; and the East Liverpool Country Club.  

He served for many years as a director of the former Potters Bank & Trust; on the board of East Liverpool City Hospital; on the board of Carnegie Public Library; and as a member of the Leadership Gift Society of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. Professionally, he was a member of the Columbiana County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Tad died on October 18th, 2000. This memorial scholarship was established in the name of Tad and Elizabeth Smith by their family and friends.

Marjorie Mason Smith

Marjorie "Marge" Franklin was born in East Liverpool on May 2nd, 1923, the daughter of Thomas and Mae Turner Franklin. She was a lifelong area resident and a 1941 graduate of East Liverpool High School.

Over the decades, Marge was a committed and hard-working member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Liverpool. She served variously as choir member, choir director, organist and Sunday school teacher. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Women’s Guild and was in demand as an organist at other churches as well.

In addition to her church involvement, Marge worked at Carnegie Public Library and occasionally at the Carriage House. She was also a homemaker. Marge had two daughters, Ann and Carol, and a son, David.  Marge married Victor C. Smith in 1969.

Marge died on September 17th, 2005. She was pre-deceased by her son David. The David T. Mason Foundation and Marge Smith’s family have created this perpetual memorial in her name.

Richard B. Smith, Jr. 

Richard B. “Dick” Smith, Jr. was born November 24th, 1926 to Richard B. and Belva Newell Smith. He spent most of his life in East Liverpool and was educated in the city schools. In 1943, he was starting center on the Potter football team and a recipient of the prestigious Bill Booth award. After graduating from East Liverpool High School in 1944, he briefly studied at Oberlin College before joining the Navy and seeing service during the waning months of World War II. After the war, Dick entered Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and earned a BS in business in 1947. He married Barbara Jane August on September 8th, 1949.

Dick worked at the family pottery, Taylor, Smith & Taylor (TS&T), with his father and older brother Bill.  He was recalled to duty during the Korean war, serving on the U.S.S. James E. Keyes as a gunnery lieutenant and as a chaplain. 

After the war, he returned to TS&T, serving as vice-president of sales until the company was sold in 1978 to Anchor Hocking. Dick continued to work in the pottery industry after the sale, supplying refractories to potteries all over the country.  

Dick was a skilled golfer who, over the years, won every single golf event sponsored by the East Liverpool Country Club. He was proud of having played in the seniors’ division of the British Open at Turnberry in Scotland. After suffering for some years with Parkinson’s disease, Dick died September 5th, 2006. His wife Barbara had predeceased him. Dick was survived by his daughter, Amy Smith; his son, Dr. Richard B. Smith III; and his grandson, Richard B. Smith IV.

Victor C. Smith

Victor C. Smith was born in East Liverpool on August 20th, 1919, a son of Harry X. and Elizabeth Evans Smith. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1937 and went on to attend Kent State University.  

Vic was a lifelong member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in East Liverpool. He was a valued member of the choir, both as a boy and as an adult, and served on the St. Stephen’s vestry and various committees over the years.

In addition to his work for Crucible Steel’s payroll department, Vic found time to sing in the Crucible Chorus and in the Serbian Orthodox Church Choir in Midland. Along with his brother Dick, Vic was one of the founding members of the Potter Booster Club.  He was also a member of the East Liverpool Historical Society, the Elks Lodge #258, and a member and past president of the Lions Club. Vic had two daughters, Pamela and Victoria. He married the former Majorie Mason in 1969.  

Vic died on November 17th, 2006. The David T. Mason Foundation and Victor Smith’s family have created this perpetual memorial in his name.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

William LeRoy Smith III & Virginia Purinton Smith

William LeRoy “Bill” Smith III was born in Chester, West Virginia on February 1st, 1921, a son of Richard V. Smith and Belva Newell Smith. His family moved to East Liverpool when he was a boy.  

Virginia “Ginnie” Purinton was born on Valentine’s Day, 1921, in East Liverpool, the daughter of Alwyn C. and Louise Scott Purinton. She was educated in the East Liverpool schools and went on to attend LaSalle Junior College and Northwestern University.  

Bill graduated from the Peddie School in New Jersey and went on to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He left to serve as a flight navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Bill’s interest in flying continued unabated throughout his life, and he enjoyed piloting his own airplane for many years.  After his military service, Bill returned to Wesleyan, where he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. He graduated in 1946.

Upon his return to East Liverpool, Bill joined the family-owned pottery of Taylor, Smith & Taylor (TS&T).  He worked in numerous capacities at the pottery, including serving as president until his 1975 retirement, when the pottery was sold to the Anchor-Hocking Corporation. During Bill’s tenure, the highly sought-after LuRay Ware was introduced, and he secured important accounts with Sears, Roebuck & Co. and American Greetings.

Bill and Ginnie married and reared two children, Barrie and William (“Wink”). They enjoyed entertaining friends, playing bridge and golf, and spending the winters in Bonita Beach, Florida.

Ginnie was an artist by nature and by training. She took art classes and workshops throughout her adult life and was featured in a four-woman art show in 1985, along with other local artists. Her paintings are displayed in many local homes and businesses. Ginnie was active in the East Liverpool Country Club Women’s Golf Association and a charter member of the Ohio State Women’s Senior Golf Association. In 1962, she was the East Liverpool Country Club Women’s Club Champion. She was especially proud of the hole-in-one she once made at the club.  

Ginnie was a member of the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary; a Baedeker member of the Colonial Club; St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Altar Guild; and the Ohio River Art Gallery.

After retirement, Bill founded CMSUSA, a ceramics importing company. He remained chairman until his death. He represented the pottery industry in numerous national organizations and served as president and board member of the Association of Pottery and Glass Manufacturers.

Bill’s interest in public service extended to his work as a board member for the East Liverpool Area YMCA; Potters Savings & Loan; Riverview Cemetery Association; and the East Liverpool Country Club. He also served with the St. Clair Land Company. The Smiths were longtime members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Bill died on February 28th, 2004 and Ginnie died March 17th, 2007. They were survived by their children; five granddaughters and a grandson; and a great-granddaughter. This memorial scholarship was created in memory of Bill and Ginnie by their family and their wide circle of friends.

Freedonia Jones Stacey

Freedonia “Donie” Jones was born on November 22nd, 1932 in East Liverpool, a daughter of Charles and Annabelle Black Jones. After having graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1951, she went on to become a registered nurse via classes at the East Liverpool City Hospital School of Nursing.

Donie married Laurin F. Stacey on December 31st, 1955. They had two sons: Greg and Stephen. Early in her career, Donie worked for Dr. Bill Banfield and Dr. Fred Banfield. In 1963, the family moved to Illinois. Donie worked as a school nurse for almost 30 years in the Galesburg schools. She and Laurin retired to Bradenton, Florida.

Following a car accident, Donie died in Louisville, Kentucky on June 28th, 2004. She was buried in her hometown of East Liverpool at Longs Run Church Cemetery. She left behind her husband, two sons and their wives, and three grandchildren.

Malcolm L. Stenger

Malcolm L. “Jim” Stenger was born in Steubenville, Ohio on October 15th, 1932, the son of George H. and Grace Shingleton Stenger. His fondest childhood memories were of summers he spent in East Liverpool staying with his grandparents, Roy and Clara Shingleton. At that time, Mr. Shingleton served as superintendent of Riverview Cemetery.

Jim graduated from Steubenville High School and served in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon discharge, he and his wife Helen moved to East Liverpool and he became assistant superintendent of the Riverview Cemetery. When his grandfather died in 1959, Jim became the superintendent and served in that capacity until his untimely death on December 16th, 1985. Jim was survived by his wife and their children.

Dr. Roland D., Margaret E. & Catherine E. Stover

Roland D. Stover, the son of Ernest Stover and Alice Ann Smith Stover, was born on May 31st, 1914 in East Liverpool, Ohio. He was orphaned in childhood and went to live with George and Garnet Singer.

Roland enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and served in China. He graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, and practiced chiropractic medicine in his hometown for more than four decades.

Dr. Stover’s many outside interests included serving as a member of the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club; the 59ers Investment Club; the East Liverpool Area YMCA; and the East Liverpool Country Club. Roland was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  

Margaret Stover was a lifelong resident of East Liverpool and was educated in the city school system before graduating from Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Margaret was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Dr. Stover and Margaret E. Nentwick were married on September 8th, 1948. They had four children: Catherine, Mark, Barbara and Scott. The Stovers supported the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation (formerly known as the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation) and had a particular interest in encouraging students to enter the health care field.  

Catherine E. "Cathy" Stover was born in East Liverpool on December 19th, 1949 and was a lifelong resident. At East Liverpool High School, from which she graduated in 1967, she was a member of the National Honor Society and an accompanist for the choir. Cathy was a sophomore at Mount Union College when she died in a car accident on October 12th, 1968.

Margaret died on November 4th, 1983. Roland died on February 12th, 2008. The Stover children launched this memorial scholarship in memory of Roland, Margaret and Cathy Stover.

Mary E. Sturgeon

Mary E. Cox was born May 15th, 1921 near Lebanon, Kentucky. Her parents were Albert L. and Rosa Raley Cox. In 1939, she graduated from Leetonia High School. She married Franklin D. Sturgeon and they had two daughters: Mary Jo and Gwen. The Sturgeons made their home in Elkton, Ohio.

Mary was a teacher for decades, last teaching at Beaver Local High School until she retired in 1984. She was a member of the Elkton United Methodist Church and served as a lay pastor at the Williamsport Chapel. When Mary died on November 16th, 2012, she was 91. A son, Thomas Albert Sturgeon, preceded her in death. She was survived by her husband and her daughters and their families. This memorial was established by Mary's husband Franklin to honor her interest in and support of education.

Dr. William Z. Sulkes & Jo Anne Sulkes Jenison

William Z. “Bill” Sulkes was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on May 31st, 1927.

He loved East Liverpool and its residents. He felt his life was fulfilled by living in his hometown, and he had a tremendous feeling for his roots. After his high school graduation in 1946, Bill entered the military.  Upon his discharge in 1947, he entered Ohio State University, and graduated from dental school in 1951.  

Jo Anne Goldsmith was born in Dayton, Ohio on December 27th, 1928 to Henry and Rebecca Goldsmith. She earned a degree in dental hygiene from Ohio State University. She and Bill Sulkes married in 1951 and moved to his hometown, where they reared their children, Steve and Judy. 

Education was always stressed in the family, and both Dr. and Mrs. Sulkes impressed upon their children the importance of going to college.  Their lives were dedicated to family and to service as evidenced by the many organizations they volunteered for and supported. Among them for Dr. Sulkes were the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity; the Jaycees; Rotary; the East Liverpool Country Club; the Riverview Cemetery Association; the St. Clair Land Company; and the Beth Shalom congregation, of which he was one of the founders. Mrs. Sulkes was a Life Member of Hadassah and a member of Beth Shalom. She was also a member of the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary. 

Dr. Sulkes met an untimely death on December 17th, 1981. That evening, he was shot and killed as he was leaving his office. Mrs. Sulkes moved to Florida and in 1985, married Dean Jenison. He, along with her children and four grandchildren, survived her when she died on July 21st, 2015.

Arthur T. Thomas, Sr. & Elizabeth Thomas

Arthur Thompson Thomas was born in Wellsville, Ohio, on July 11th, 1913, a son of Roy Buckingham Thomas and Nancy Taylor Thomas. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to East Liverpool. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1931. In 1935, he earned a degree in journalism at Ohio University. 

He began his 44-year career with Brush-Moore newspapers in 1936, at the Evening Review in East Liverpool. In 1950, Mr. Thomas was named managing editor of the Evening Review. He suffered a stroke at his desk in 1979 and retired in 1980. For many years, Mr. Thomas led the citywide spelling bee sponsored by the Review.  He was a member of the boards of both the Carnegie Public Library and the Columbiana County Mental Health Agency. Despite his disability from polio, he was a champion ping-pong player and also played baseball and tennis. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

Mr. Thomas died in December 1991. This scholarship was established to honor the memory of her parents by their daughter, Rosemary Thomas-Mackall.

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

John Cincinnatus Thompson













Mildred Taylor Thompson



John Cincinnatus Thompson was born in East Liverpool on June 23rd, 1926 to Malcolm and Mildred Taylor Thompson.  He lived in East Liverpool for most of his life. John died in January 2018 at the age of 91 after a brief illness.

After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, John enlisted in the Navy V-12 Officer Training program.  He went on to study mechanical engineering at Yale University, graduating with honors in 1948.  John was commissioned an ensign in the naval reserve, and later majored in accounting at the Wharton Graduate School of Business. 

In the 1950s, after a brief stint working as a cost accountant at his family’s pottery, the Hall China Company, John left to serve for two years with the Navy in Japan.  In 1953, John returned to work at Hall China.  He married the former Margaret “Peggy” Penn in 1963.

In July 2006, after having served as chairman of the board at Hall China for many years, John asked the board members to let him step aside and serve instead as vice-chairman of the board. 

John was a civic-minded member of the community, working hard as a volunteer or board member for a wide range of institutions.  These include the Columbiana County Council of the Boy Scouts of America (which honored him with the prestigious Silver Beaver Award); East Liverpool City Hospital; East Liverpool Country Club; Industry Sector Advisory Committee for the Office of U. S. Trade Representatives and Department of Commerce; the Lake Placid Club; the Rotary Club of East Liverpool; Theta Xi fraternity; Thompson Park (which was founded by his ancestor, composer Will Thompson); the United Way; and the University Club of Pittsburgh.  John had also served as a director of the First National Bank of East Liverpool; the First National Bank of Chester, West Virginia; and First National Community Bank.

John was a proud father of W. Penn “Penn” Plummer; Thomas E. “Tom” Plummer; Julia T. “Julie” Gorman; and Douglas M. “Doug” Thompson.  He had five grandchildren: Abigail Gorman, Ian Gorman and Luci Gorman Merrill; and Madeleine and Malcolm Thompson.


Mildred Taylor was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on November 29th, 1898, a daughter of William Llewellyn and Mary McDonald Taylor. 

By birth and by marriage, she was a member of two distinguished pottery families. Mildred’s grandfather, John Nessly Taylor, was a founder of the Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Company, manufacturers of a variety of ceramics, including the award-winning Lotus Ware porcelain. Via her marriage, Mildred was a member of the Hall and Thompson families, of the Hall China Company. 

Mildred grew up in her grandfather’s home on the site of the present-day East Liverpool City Hall, where his friend, William McKinley, made the first speech of his gubernatorial campaign from the front porch. Following his election as Governor of Ohio and then to the presidency of the United States, McKinley often visited the Taylor home in East Liverpool. 

After her graduation from East Liverpool High School in 1917, Mildred finished her education at the Chevy Chase School in Maryland. On June 18th, 1924, she and Malcolm Wayland Thompson were married.  They reared their three children—John, Millicent and Carol—in East Liverpool.

Malcolm served as treasurer, general manager and then chairman of the board of the Hall China Company. Mildred served the community for many years as a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the American Red Cross, and the Women’s Auxiliary of East Liverpool City Hospital.

Mildred had a much-admired Lotus Ware collection. She was proud of its significance as the finest porcelain ever manufactured in the United States.

Throughout their marriage, Mildred and Malcolm traveled extensively with their friends in various senior golf associations. She enjoyed their many friends and travels, as well as their winters in Florida, but she was happiest at home in East Liverpool with her family and friends nearby. 

Mildred Taylor Thompson died on July 27th, 1993, a few months before what would have been her 95th birthday. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Pauline Taylor Weinhardt, who had died in 1976, and by her husband Malcolm, who had died in 1978. Mildred was survived by her children John, Millie and Carol and by her grandchildren.

Vergie Thompson

Vergie V. Thompson was born in Charleston, West Virginia and lived in East Liverpool from 1940 until her death in 1966. She was the widow of Elmer H. Thompson, a steelworker. She befriended everyone and loved children, though she had none of her own.  

Mrs. Thompson left $10,000 in a trust fund in the First National Bank of East Liverpool to the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation). This generous bequest established, in 1967, the basis of the trust for this foundation.

Charles E. "Bill" Tice

Charles E. “Bill” Tice was born on August 9th, 1927 in East Liverpool, son of Edwin and Grace Dopler Tice.  He was a lifelong resident of the tri-state area and a 1945 graduate of East Liverpool High School.  

Bill’s memberships included the Masonic Lodge #681 of East Liverpool and the Scottish Rite of Valley of Steubenville. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and a 1964 graduate of the FBI Academy. When he retired from the East Liverpool Police Department in 1982, he had achieved the rank of captain. Bill owned and operated Bill Tice Auto Services in downtown East Liverpool for 37 years and was there working on the last day of his life.  

Bill died on April 20th, 2005 after a sudden illness. He was survived by his wife of 51 years, Eileen McNear Tice, and his children and their spouses: Charles E. Bill Tice and wife Karen; Pamela Gibbs and husband Dr. Bruce Gibbs; and Janice Dickey. He also left behind two brothers, a sister and two grandchildren. This memorial was created in memory of Bill Tice by his family and friends.

Jack & Anne Tomec

John W. "Jack" Tomec graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in mechanical engineering. Anne M. Tomec was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Midland, Pennsylvania.  

Jack and Anne lived in the Midland area most of their lives. Both imparted to their children the lifelong value of an education. All seven of their children earned post-secondary degrees, including several graduate degrees. The Tomec children created this scholarship to honor their parents’ memories.

Richard G. Tomec

Richard G. Tomec was born on February 11th, 1944 in East Liverpool, Ohio to John W. and Anne M. Tomec of Ohioville, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Midland, Pennsylvania, together with his three brothers and three sisters. He had always been athletic, and participated in community baseball programs in the Midland area throughout his youth.  

In 1962, Richard graduated from Lincoln High School. For several years, he worked as a crane operator for Crucible Steel Company in Midland. In the late 1960s, Richard moved to California and enrolled at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, where he pursued professional training in photography and cinematography. He graduated in 1971 and was a professional photographer in the Santa Barbara area in the early 1970s.  

Richard moved to Hawaii and continued to work as a photographer. He was particularly skilled with portraits and still-life scenes, and had an avid interest in capturing the unique natural beauty of Hawaii on film.

Throughout his adult life, Richard returned to the Midland area for visits with family and friends still living in the area. Richard died unexpectedly on December 22nd, 1982. He is still remembered by his family and many friends for his exceptional talents, unique sense of humor and compassion.

Michael & Rebecca Turk

Michael Turk and Rebecca Fisher Turk, both lifelong residents of East Liverpool, were very interested and involved with young people in the community, as well as with many civic and charitable organizations. They felt strongly that the way to a better tomorrow could best be achieved through education. This attitude was exemplified by their support of the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation). This memorial was established by their family and friends who share their interest.

Fred & Ethel Vardy and Alfred & Florence Worthington

Fred and Ethel Vardy and Alfred and Florence Worthington were the parents of George and Jean Vardy.  

Fred and Ethel were both born in Derbyshire, England, moving to Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in 1936. Alfred and Florence were born in Stoke-on-Trent, living out their entire lives in that city. Both men were coal miners, spending their lives working deep underground, Fred for 51 years and Alfred for 46. They became good friends due to common interests and values.

The Vardys had five children, four of whom remained in Staffordshire, while the Worthingtons had three children, of whom only Jean survives. Though they endured two major wars and very difficult times, both families nevertheless had an enduring work ethic and strong Christian principles regarding the value of family life, education, love and tolerance.

The Vardys and Worthingtons are sadly missed by the members of both families. They would be very proud of this scholarship and of its significance in assisting with the continuing education of East Liverpool-area students.

I was industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally as well.

Evelyn Stroud Vodrey

Evelyn Grace Stroud was born on February 25th, 1906 in Syracuse, New York. She was known as Eve and was the only child of Herbert Klonegar Stroud and Grace Hill Stroud.  

Eve was reared in Great Neck, Long Island and graduated from the Dwight School for Girls (now the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey). After earning a degree at Smith College, she worked briefly as a chemist on Wall Street in New York City.  

On June 29th, 1929, she married William Henry Vodrey III. They subsequently moved to East Liverpool, Ohio, Mr. Vodrey’s hometown. There they reared their three children: Barbara, Jack and Dolly.

Mrs. Vodrey was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church; the Colonial Club; the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary; and Meals on Wheels. She was the first president of the Parent-Teacher Association of the Maplewood School.

As longtime members of the East Liverpool Historical Society, Mr. and Mrs. Vodrey were both instrumental in making East Liverpool’s Museum of Ceramics a reality.

Language and literature were important to Mrs. Vodrey, who was trilingual and commonly read a novel or two every week. Music and singing were also abiding passions. She was involved in a number of singing groups in the tri-state area, including the Messiah Chorus (directed by the late Lawrence Beck), the Valley Oratorio Singers, and the quartet at East Liverpool’s Temple Beth Shalom. Mrs. Vodrey was also active in the Tri-State Civic Music Association, and she and her husband were avid supporters of Baldwin-Wallace College’s annual Bach Festival.

Mrs. Vodrey died October 9th, 1995 in East Liverpool. She is buried in Riverview Cemetery, next to her husband. Her family and friends remember her most for her beauty and elegance, her diverse range of interests and her wonderful sense of humor.

Joseph Kelly Vodrey & Mary Harris Vodrey

Joseph Kelly “Joe” Vodrey was born in January 4th, 1905 in East Liverpool, Ohio, a son of William Henry Vodrey, Jr. and Emma Josephine (Dorothy) Kelly Vodrey.  

Joe was educated in the East Liverpool school system and went on to graduate from Mercersburg Academy in 1921. He was a 1926 magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Joe went to work in the family newspaper business for many years, starting in the circulation department of the Marion Star in 1925—a newspaper his father and two associates had bought from President Warren G. Harding in 1923.

Joe also worked for the Steubenville Herald-Star and the Canton Repository. He served at the latter in a variety of capacities before being named news editor and then managing editor. He was named business manager of the Repository in 1939, and became general manager of Brush-Moore Newspapers, Inc. in 1946. Joe was vice-president and a member of the Brush-Moore board of directors from 1951 to 1968, when he retired. He also served as vice-president and as a director of the Beaverkettle Company.

Mary Warner Harris was born in Canton, Ohio on December 4th, 1907, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Harris and a direct descendant of President William McKinley. She graduated from the Wallcourt School in Aurora, New York and from Lasell Seminary in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

Mary Harris and Joe Vodrey were married on June 7th, 1930. They had two children: Thompson Kelly “T.K.” Vodrey and Cynthia Warner Vodrey. The Vodreys had an abiding interest in all things Irish, and visited Ireland almost annually. They had an outstanding library filled with all manner of first editions, with a special emphasis on the works of supernatural fiction writer Arthur Machen and writer and illustrator Howard Pyle. They were longtime residents of Canton, Ohio.

Joe died November 15th, 1975, and Mary died January 30th, 2003. Their daughter Cynthia died in 1981. This scholarship was given in the names of Joseph Kelly Vodrey and Mary Harris Vodrey by their grandson Tyler Dodge.

William Henry Vodrey, Jr.

William Henry Vodrey, Jr. was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on March 2nd, 1873, a third-generation American. His parents were William Henry Vodrey and Elizabeth Jackman Vodrey.

His grandparents, Jabez Vodrey and Sarah Nixon Vodrey, had emigrated from Staffordshire, England in 1827.  Jabez is thought to have been the first English potter to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. In East Liverpool, Jabez Vodrey founded the Vodrey and Brother Pottery Company, which operated under several different names from 1857 to 1928.

Mr. Vodrey graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1889. In 1894, he earned his AB degree from Bethany College.  He went on to attend the University of Michigan Law School, from which he earned his LLB degree in 1896. In 1897, he furthered his legal studies at Cincinnati Law School, earning another degree with a concentration on the study of corporation practice. He was admitted to the bar in 1897 and opened his practice in East Liverpool.

Mr. Vodrey married Emma Josephine (Dorothy) Kelly, with whom he had three children: William Henry “Bill” Vodrey III; Joseph Kelly “Joe” Vodrey; and Margaret Louise Vodrey, who went by her middle name.

Mr. Vodrey gave liberally of his time and energy to civic, charitable and religious enterprises, and he supervised the operation of several farms. He made notable contributions to the cause of reforestation in his native Columbiana County. In 1953, Mr. Vodrey was named Ohio Tree Farmer of the Year in recognition of the fact that he had supervised the planting of over a million trees in eastern Ohio. He also sponsored the preservation of vital historic records and local landmarks through his leadership in the East Liverpool Historical Society.

One of Ohio’s best-known lawyers, Mr. Vodrey practiced law in East Liverpool for 57 years. He had been interested in newspaper publication since 1923, when, on behalf of Louis H. Brush and Roy D. Moore, he negotiated the purchase of the Marion Star from President Warren G. Harding. Four years later, with the purchase of the Canton Repository in 1927, he set up the corporate structure of Brush-Moore Newspapers.

Frequently called upon and always responsive, Mr. Vodrey's life was one of service. He coupled his love of the law with an acute sense of civic responsibility, as had his father and his grandfather before him. No task was ever too great or too small to engage his attention and time.

Mr. Vodrey had a reverence for the land, the beauties of nature, wildlife and outdoor pursuits. It hurt him to see the careless destruction of nature’s handiwork and the loss of old landmarks through neglect. Because he found strength in the soil and happiness in agricultural pursuits, he began in middle life to acquire property in the vicinity of his beloved village of Fredericktown, scene of boyhood pleasure and replete with historic significance.

He extended his ownership of property in this area north of East Liverpool, giving sanctuary to birds and other wildlife, improving the breed of farm stock and preserving on the banks of Little Beaver Creek a spot of great natural beauty. The childhood home of his mother, Elizabeth Jackman Vodrey, was where he developed his scenic Beaverkettle Farms. Beaverkettle is where Mr. Vodrey bred, trained and showed Tennessee Walkers, among other horse breeds, and where he hosted an annual lawyers' picnic—which featured, among other activities, swimming, baseball, aerial sharpshooting and "singing by the full of the moon." 

This memorial was created in loving memory of William Henry Vodrey, Jr. by his children and grandchildren.

William Henry Vodrey III

William Henry “Bill” Vodrey III, noted area historian and civic leader, was born in East Liverpool on September 23rd, 1903, a son of William Henry Vodrey, Jr. and Emma Josephine (Dorothy) Kelly Vodrey.

He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1921, attended Mercersburg Academy and then entered Princeton University with his brother Joe. At Princeton, Bill was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was graduated maxima cum laude in 1926 with an AB degree.

Bill went on to Harvard Law School, where he edited the Harvard Law Review.  He graduated with his law degree in 1929.  Admitted to the bar in 1929, Bill joined his father's law firm in East Liverpool. He practiced for the next five decades as a partner of the Vodrey, Vodrey, Buzzard & Shay law firm.  

On June 29th, 1929, Bill married Evelyn Grace “Eve” Stroud. They reared their three children—Barbara, Jack and Dolly—in East Liverpool.

Bill’s love of and respect for the natural environment inspired and encouraged many others to share in his goal of enlightening the public to the rich history of this area and its surrounding communities. He made notable contributions to the restoration of the village of Fredericktown and sponsored the preservation of many historic records. Bill was especially committed to the restoration of a wide range of beloved public buildings and landmarks, including Fredericktown's Octagon and Schoolhouse #8, the locks and towpath of the old Sandy & Beaver canal system and bottle kilns in Wellsville and East Liverpool. 

In 1952, Bill authored, with his friend and fellow historian R. Max Gard, a seminal local history book entitled The Sandy & Beaver Canal. In the 1960's, the two friends began an annual tradition of spending the first Wednesday in May hiking in the Fredericktown area. The tradition continues to this day, and the Gard-Vodrey hike attracts dozens of hikers each May.

Long active in historical societies, both locally and on the state level, Bill served as president of the Ohio Historical Society from 1965 to 1967. During his tenure, he visited every one of the five dozen or so facilities under the Society’s domain. The main floor of East Liverpool’s Museum of Ceramics was named the William H. Vodrey Gallery in recognition of his hard work and financial support of the Museum and of the Ohio Historical Society.

Bill participated in newspaper publication from 1929 to 1967 as counsel for the Brush-Moore Newspapers, Inc. Additionally, he was the general counsel of the Ohio Broadcasting Company from 1936 until his death. He was named a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Association in 1978.

His intellect and curiosity led Bill to interest himself in a wide variety of subjects. He was something of an authority on English surnames, and contributed to a volume on this subject. On his weekly horseback rides with family and friends, he could point out every wildflower and explain what use these had been to the native Americans who had lived in the area centuries before. Bill's expertise in genealogy was lifelong; he could speak knowledgeably about long-dead third cousins once-removed, and he was friends with many distant cousins who were also fellow East Liverpudlians. He loved music, especially classical and baroque compositions, and most especially the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

Bill died in August 1979, just two months after he and Eve had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. His family has established this memorial to honor him and his love of the East Liverpool area.

Glenn H. Waight

Glenn H. Waight was born September 18th, 1923 in Midland, Pennsylvania to George and Edna Helfrich Waight.  

He graduated from Midland’s Lincoln High School in 1943 and shortly thereafter, was inducted into the Army. He served with headquarters of the 84th Infantry Division in Holland, Belgium and Germany, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded three Bronze Battle Stars for action in Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. 

In 1946, Glenn was honorably discharged. He enrolled at Washington & Jefferson College, from which he graduated cum laude in 1950. In 1952, he earned a master’s degree in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, Glenn joined the staff of the East Liverpool Review as Wellsville reporter. In July 1952, Glenn was promoted to state editor; he became news editor in 1962; and editor in 1967, a position he held for two decades. During his time at the Review, Glenn won first place Ohio editorial awards from both the United Press International (1983) and the Associated Press (1987). After serving as associate editor for a year, Glenn retired from the Review in 1988. He continued to write a weekly column, “After Deadline,” submitted his final piece in June 2008. 

Glenn’s interests and activities outside the newspaper business were legion.  Among these: membership on the Kent State University East Liverpool (KSU/ELO) Campus Advisory Board; journalism teacher at KSU/ELO; helping form what eventually became the East Liverpool-Fawcett Community Foundation; membership in the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club; trustee and longtime member of the East Liverpool Historical Society; editor of the East Liverpool Historical Society’s publication, Hills & Kilns; serving on the Ohio River Arts Festival Committee; helping spearhead the movement to construct the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association’s (ELHSAA) clock tower in downtown East Liverpool; helping to found the ELHSAA and eventually serving as trustee emeritus; membership and serving as president of the Tri-State Civil War Roundtable; membership on the Columbiana County Planning Commission; charter membership in the local chapter of Big Brothers; serving as a director of the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce; being active in the local chapter of the Red Cross; serving as a director of the United Way; working on charter government issues for East Liverpool and Columbiana County in 1979 and 1980; and serving as division co-chairman of the East Liverpool City Hospital Building Fund campaign.

Many awards and honors were given to Glenn over the years.  These included the Kent State Distinguished Service Award (1987); Kiwanian of the Year Award (1993); a Task Force Fawcett Award (2002); the United Way Community Service Award; and many others. In addition to all his other activities, Glenn managed to work in regular tennis games, painting and public speaking. For decades, Glenn and his wife Mary were strong supporters of the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation).

Mary M. Waight

Mary Margaret Mullen was born in East Liverpool on February 19th, 1925 to Edward and Emily Mullen. She lived in the area all her life.  Mary graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1942 and subsequently graduated from Geneva College.

Mary and Glenn H. Waight were married on April 24th, 1954.  They were members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where Mary was a member of the St. Margaret’s Guild.  

In addition to teaching at the elementary school level at both North Elementary and Calcutta Elementary schools, Mary served as switchboard operator for the East Liverpool Review.  Mary died just a few weeks after Glenn, on July 30th, 2008.  She was survived by her brother John Mullen and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Because the Waights generously donated to the Tri-State Area Citizens' Scholarship Foundation (now known as the Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation) for many years, these memorial scholarships in their names are a fitting tribute to their support.

Barbara Vodrey Wamelink

Barbara C. Vodrey was born in East Liverpool on March 31st, 1932, elder daughter of William Henry Vodrey III and Evelyn Stroud Vodrey.

Barb was educated in East Liverpool City Schools and graduated from Laurel School, an all-girls school in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1954, and maintained ties with the school both as an alumna and as a supporter of the college’s famous Bach Festival.

Barb married William K. Wamelink on June 15th, 1957. They had three children—Laura, Garrit and Berend—and made their home in Gates Mills, Ohio.

Barb’s father had been a president of both the East Liverpool Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society, and she shared his avid interest in Ohio history. Barb was a co-founder of the American Furniture Collectors auxiliary; a chair of the Western Reserve Historical Society antiques show; a Dunham Tavern Museum trustee; a Cleveland Artists Foundation director; and a volunteer for the Cleveland Museum of Art. She was an early supporter of East Liverpool’s Museum of Ceramics, and donated Lotus Ware porcelain to its permanent collection. Barb’s many interests included ceramics, antiques, crafts, American furniture and children’s books. She lectured extensively on many forms of decorative art.

Barb’s ceramics background was distinguished by the fact that she was a great-great-granddaughter of Jabez Vodrey, the first English potter to settle west of the Appalachian Mountains. Jabez Vodrey founded the Vodrey & Brother Pottery Company, which operated in East Liverpool under various names from 1857 to 1928.

Barb was pre-deceased by both her parents. She died suddenly at her winter home in Naples, Florida on March 12th, 2007. She was survived by her husband Bill and their three children: Laura (James) Haggarty; Garrit (Cynthia) Wamelink; and Berend Wamelink. She was also survived by her granddaughters Alexandra, Caitlin, Colleen and Kelly; by her brother Jackman S. Vodrey; and by her sister, Dolly Vodrey Stamat.

Dorothy Smith Warrick

Dorothy Smith was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and reared in East Liverpool, Ohio. Upon graduation from Kaufmann School of Nursing and Montefiore School of Anesthesia, she practiced at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

In 1979, Dorothy returned to East Liverpool and practiced at Potters Medical Center and East Liverpool City Hospital. Dedicated to the study of anesthesiology, Dorothy always stressed the importance of education to the younger members of her family and to her younger patients.

She was the beloved wife of Burl D. Warrick. After Dorothy’s death in March 2000, this memorial was created so that assistance could be provided to the youth of the area in the pursuit of higher education.

I [have a] love for truth — and truth rewarded me.

E. Schuyler & Mae Watson Webster

Edwin Schuyler Webster, who was known by his middle name, was born on April 12th, 1873 to Matilda Leverich Duryee Webster and William Henry Webster. An avid boater, he was equally proficient at rowing and sailing. He was a member of the Passaic River’s Neried Boat Club and designed and built a number of model boats from scratch. Schuyler worked as a customer engineer for the Newark Wire Cloth Company in New Jersey for many years.

Mae White Watson was born on September 29th, 1878 to Emma Alice Bradley Watson and Thomas Meredith Watson. Prodigiously creative, she majored in art at the Cooper Union and later won a number of awards for her work in painting, drawing and illustration. Mae also crafted pottery and was a skilled sculptress. 

Mae Watson and Schuyler Webster were married on April 9th, 1905 in Belleville, New Jersey. They had two children: Margaret Leverich “Peg” Webster and William Bradley “Bill” Webster. Schuyler and Mae resided in Belleville for the first years of their marriage, and later made their home in Mount Tabor, New Jersey. Both greatly enjoyed traveling and were knowledgeable amateur horticulturists.

After many happy years together, Schuyler died on March 21st, 1956. Mae died on December 7th, 1961. This memorial was established by Jackman S. Vodrey in honor of his wife, Jane G. Vodrey, a granddaughter of Schuyler and Mae Webster.

Elizabeth Thomas Wells & Joseph Mahan Wells, Jr.

Elizabeth Thomas was born on July 17th, 1915 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of John W. Thomas and Bertha Hine Thomas.  She graduated from the Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She also attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia. While living in Akron, she was a member of the Junior League and was active in a number of other charitable organizations.

In 1940, Elizabeth Thomas married Joseph Mahan “Joe” Wells, Jr. Their long and happy marriage produced three children: Joe III (Trey), Jeannie and Liz. The Wells family resided in Newell, West Virginia.

While in the East Liverpool area during World War II, Mrs. Wells worked on various Red Cross projects and was active with the Cub Scouts.  After World War II, she devoted a great deal of her time to the East Liverpool City Hospital Auxiliary.

Joseph Mahan “Joe” Wells, Jr. was born on December 14th, 1915 to Joseph Mahan Wells, Sr. and Fern Hanna Wells.  He proceeded to spend his entire lifetime in the tri-state area, where he made his mark as a superb businessman, a community leader and a generous philanthropist.

Mr. Wells attended Newell public schools before graduating from Western Reserve Academy.  He earned his degree in marketing at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1939.  He was the third generation of his family to be involved in the ownership and management of the Homer Laughlin China Company, heading straight to the renowned pottery after his college graduation.

Aside from a break during World War II, when he served with the Navy, Mr. Wells spent 65 years working at Homer Laughlin in a variety of capacities.  In 2002, the Wells family acquired the remaining interest in the Homer Laughlin China Company.  Mr. Wells was the driving force behind a number of important milestones at the pottery, including backing his nephew Bob Kelly’s idea to reintroduce the famous Depression-era Fiesta dinnerware.  This catalyzed a renaissance for the company.  Two decades later, Fiesta continues to be an enormously popular Homer Laughlin product.

In addition to his busy schedule at Homer Laughlin, Mr. Wells found the time to serve with distinction on a number of boards, including Central Federal Savings & Loan; the former First National Bank; and the Riverview Cemetery Association, where he served as Vice-President of the Executive Committee.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge #258 and was a strong supporter of the Blue-and-White Touchdown Club, the Boy Scouts of America, and The Tri-State Area Tuition Mission Foundation. Mr. Wells was a founding Vice-President and—in 1998—a charter inductee of the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame.

Mr. Wells was active politically.  He hosted several West Virginia governors and served on President Kennedy’s DOCA program administered by the Department of Defense.

Golfing was a passion for Mr. Wells, who was a scratch golfer in his prime.  He was a member of several country clubs and of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club.

Following an automobile accident, Mrs. Wells died on June 19th, 1981.  Mr. Wells died on March 27th, 2006, just a few months after his 90th birthday.  He was survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.