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Robert Elmer Albright

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Robert Elmer Albright Obituary
Albright Major Robert Elmer Albright, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Columbus (Upper Arlington), surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his parents Henderson M. Albright and Myrtle L. Albright (Studabaker), sister Dorothy Mae (Netzley) Grossnickle, and wife of 51 years, Mary L. Albright (Weaver). Survived by daughter, Karen (Katie) Hamilton, son-in-law, Scott B. Hamilton and two grandchildren, Ian Bruce Hamilton and Morgan Browning Hamilton; and sister, Barbara Macci Trethewey and four nieces and one nephew. Robert was born November 7, 1921 in Darke County, Ohio. He was raised at the Darke County Children's Home where his parents were the caretakers. He many times rode his pony, Flash, to attend the one room schoolhouse known as Wakefield School grades 1-8. Robert went on to graduate from Greenville High School in 1940. The same year he traveled to Columbus and joined the United States Marine Corps. Prior to U.S. involvement in the war his home would be the light cruiser, the USS Brooklyn. He later was engaged in every theatre of US operations beginning in North Africa and ending with the invasions of Saipan and Tinian islands in the summer of 1944. The Marines would send Robert to Oberlin College as a member of the Marine V12 unit. He competed on the cross-country team at Oberlin where he earned a varsity letter. Prior to graduation he transferred to the University of Michigan where he earned a BA in literature in 1947. Robert then enrolled in the University of Michigan Law School and graduated in the class of 1950. The Marines ordered him to Korea in 1951 where he would serve the Judge Advocate General. Robert married his beloved Mary while in law school in 1948 and he would return from Korea in 1952 to join her. He began legal practice in Columbus where he was drawn to litigation. He joined the Lucas Law Firm in the mid 1950's, later becoming a partner in 1960. He soon specialized in Real estate zoning and annexation law. He was a member of the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, and Michigan Bar Association. After the Korean War he remained a Marine Corps Reservist until 1964 where he obtained the rank of Major. He joined the Columbus Athletic Club in 1958 and was a member of the Greenville Lodge of the Free Masons for 73 years. He became a member of the Board of Directors of American Aggregates in 1971 and remained a board member throughout the 1970's and 1980's. He was a long-standing board member of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Creative Housing. He was a YWCA and AAU swimming official in the early 1970's later to become a USA swimming official for many years. Bob also participated in officiating for Special Olympics. He became an Ohio High School swimming official in 1977 and was instrumental in organizing the officials for the High School state tournament each year until 2010. The family will spread his ashes at a location near to his heart and then the remainder of his ashes will be placed at the Abbottsville Cemetery outside of Greenville, Ohio alongside his sister and parents. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the following institutions: Highbanks Metro Park or the James Cancer Hospital Research Fund. For Highbanks send a donation to Metro Parks, 1069 W. Main Street, Westerville, OH 43081, and for Cancer Research send a donation to The James Development Office, 660 Ackerman Road, P.O. Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112. Please place Robert Albright's name with the donation so the donation can go to the indicated desired area. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send condolences and share memories.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 15, 2013
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