HURON, Ohio – The fall meeting of the 82-year-old Ohio Embalmers Association, was held recently at Sawmill Creek Resort. Darrell Waite, Medina, chaired the board meeting where George Pugh of Steubenville was elected the new president. William Smith, Columbus and Woody Wilson, Cincinnati, were elected to the 16-member board. David Hicks, secretary, of Cincinnati, and Bill Peoples, treasurer, of Marietta were re-elected.
Robert J. Inman, long-time board member, was elected to trustee emeritus. Inman was honored with the establishment of the Robert J. Inman OEA Award. This award with a value of $500 will be presented at each graduation held by the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Inman, a graduate of the Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, was a 25-year member of the Pittsburgh Institute Board of Trustees and served the past several years as president of the board. He was recently recognized by the Pittsburgh Institute with a Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate in Professional Studies.
The Ohio Embalmers Association has for many years given the Lester Wakeham OEA Award at each Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science graduation. These awards are funded by the OEA membership through contributions made to the Donald Lawrence Scholarship Fund.
Speakers at the Fall 2013 OEA Seminar included: David W. Tackett, associate of the Routsong Funeral Home in Dayton; Gary Finch, compliance expert from Texas; Robert G. Mayer, Pittsburgh embalmer and author; and Richard Vandebon Coeur, forensics expert at Columbus State Community College.
Licensed persons interested in joining the Ohio Embalmers Association (you need not be licensed in Ohio) should contact secretary David G. Hicks at P.O. Box 621320, Cincinnati, Ohio 45262-1320. The OEA holds three to four seminars yearly at various locations in the state of Ohio.
Posted Nov. 4