Fred Marlo, termed "a legend" for his contributions to the lives of countless students in the Toledo area, died April 5 in Tucson, Arizona. He was 87.
Marlo, as he preferred to be called, was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anne, and his niece and ward, Suzanne Pauline.
The Urichsville, Ohio native graduated from Ohio Northern University and Ohio State before embarking on a career as a journalism and English teacher, first at Burnham High School in Sylvania and then at Rogers High and at Sylvania Northview. Upon retiring, he and Anne moved to Reno, Nevada, where they were active members of the South Reno Methodist Church and the Community Fellowship for over 20 years.
Marlo was a natural-born teacher, proving the old adage that "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." After his death, tributes rolled in from former students across the country. From Massachusetts: "Marlo changed my life...." From Kentucky: "He inspired me to study journalism in college." From Cleveland: "...we have to count ourselves as uber-fortunate to have been taught by, learned from, and loved that handsome devil." From North Carolina: "I use what he taught me every day." From Alabama: "He was such a part of making me the person I am today, and I will forever treasure those hours spent in his classes." From California: "He was the closest thing to a father I ever knew."
Marlo is survived by a large, far-flung number of relatives, devoted friends, and loving students, both in the United States and in Europe.
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 28, 2013