Campbell Roger Graf, 93, of Wilmington, Ohio died 11:05 PM, Sunday, September 4, 2011 at Wilmington Nursing & Rehabilitation Residence. His wife, Lillian Louise Herrschaft Graf, whom he married March 10, 1967, survives. Mr. Graf was born November 18, 1917 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son of the late Campbell John Graf and Estella Pauline Rogers Graf.
Before his retirement in 1982, Mr. Graf spent 16 years in administrative and teaching positions at The Ohio State University, Wilberforce University, and Wilmington College. He spent 12 years as the manager of two Graf & Sons, Inc. businesses – a heating and air conditioning business in Columbus, and a garage door business in Dayton. He coached football for six years at The Ohio State University, the University of Dayton, and at Wilmington College. After retirement he worked at Clinton Memorial Hospital, the Clinton County Foundation, and Wilmington College’s Ralph J. Stolle Free Enterprise Program. Mr. Graf also worked with a nationwide clientele as a higher education consultant specializing in cooperative education and college finance.
He was a member of the OSU Varsity O, the OSU Alumni Association, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, the Clinton County YMCA, and the Elks Golf Club. He played and coached football at The Ohio State University. Since his retirement, golf has been a key recreation for Campbell and his wife. During his youth, he was very active in the Boy Scouts and received his Eagle award. In 1978, he worked with Robert Lucas to help create the Clinton County YMCA. He also produced clay and bronze art sculptures.
He graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1935. He received his BA from The Ohio State University in 1940. He was in the MBA program at Northwestern University from 1940-1942, the Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University from 1942-1944, and the teacher certification in art education program at the University of Dayton from 1965-1966. He served in the U.S. Navy.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Graf is survived by a son, Gary Graf of Wilmington, Ohio, five daughters, Patricia Ann Cromer of Houston, Texas, Kathleen Alma (Charles) Gregory of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Virginia Louise Sherry of Ft. Pierce, Florida, Pamela Eileen (Charles) Briggs of Great Britain, and Dianne Lynne (Gregory) Sautter of Wooster, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Cathleen Graf of Columbus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, a brother, Jack R. Graf, and a sister, Marilyn R. Annis, are preceded in death.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmington Public Library, 268 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.