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Richard Marion JELLISON

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Richard Marion JELLISON Obituary


Richard Marion Jellison, son of the late Carl R. and Leora M. Jellison, was born December 26, 1924, in Muncie, Indiana. He was educated in the Muncie public schools. In 1942, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy at the age of 17. Assigned to the cruiser USS Honolulu, he served in the South Pacific during the Solomon Islands campaign which witnessed some of the bitterest fighting of WWII. When the USS Honolulu was damaged in the second battle of Kula Gulf in July 1943, he returned to the United States with his ship and was discharged in 1944. Richard and his shipmates were awarded a Presidential Unit citation and four battle stars for this action in the South Pacific. He enrolled in Ball State University in the fall of 1944 where he met Kathleen E. Frick. They were married in May, 1945. Their first child, Richard, was born in 1947. Two daughters followed: Stephanie, born in 1953, and Leslie, born in 1959. Graduating from Ball State in 1948, with the Baccalaureate degree, he continued his academic pursuits at Indian University where he was awarded the MA degree in 1949 and the Ph.D. degree in 1953, in American Colonial and Economic History. Dr. Jellison began his academic career as an Instructor in History at Indiana University in 1953. In 1955 he accepted a position in the History Department of Michigan State University, a post he held until 1958. In that year, he joined the faculty of Eastern Illinois University as Professor of History, a position he held for four years. In 1962, he accepted an invitation to join the History Department of Miami University. He became Chair of the History Department at Miami in 1971 and served in that capacity until 1988. He retired from Miami in 1991. He was an active scholar. His publications include two books, Paper Currency in Colonial South Carolina and Society, Freedom, and Conscience: The Coming of the Revolution in Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York. In addition, he published more than two dozen articles which appeared in professional journals, encyclopedias, and as chapters of books. He also presented the results of his scholarly research, in both history and early medicine, in lectures which he delivered at professional meetings held in widely scattered locations; the University of Berlin, Germany; Siena, Italy; Budapest, Hungary; and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He also lectured on the American Revolution at the University of Hong Kong. In 1984 he traveled to the People's Republic of China, accompanied by President Paul Pearson, and helped establish a successful exchange program, for faculty and students, between Miami University and the Universities of Jinan and Zhongshon. He was a popular lecturer in the classroom and won recognition for outstanding and influential teaching at both Michigan State University and Miami University. In 1985 he was awarded the Effective Educator Award by the Miami University Alumni Association. In 1966 he and Mrs. Jellison moved to Hilton Head, So. Carolina. Here he accepted a visiting Professorship in History, a position he retained until returning to Oxford in 2006. In retirement he and Mrs. Jellison continued to travel widely and maintained an active social life. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Kathleen a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Judith Jellison, of Kansas City, MO; a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Gerald Broshear, of Mason, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Jeffrey Korhan, of Naperville, IL.; four grandsons, four granddaughters, and nine great-grandchildren. Two brothers and sister also survive: Mr. James Jellison of Dearborn, MI, Brig. General (Ret) Joseph Jellison of Niceville, FL, and Mrs. Susan White of Columbia City, IN. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 8, 2013, 4 PM at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Main St., Oxford followed by a reception at the Knolls of Oxford Clubhouse, 6727 Contreras Rd., Oxford, OH. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in memory of Richard in support of the Miami University History Department at Miami University, University Advancement, Gifts and Data Management, 725 E. Chestnut Street, Oxford, OH 45056 (513) 529-5127. Condolences may be expressed online at


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