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Dr. James R. Myers P.E., 79, of Middletown recently passed away. He was born on June 17, 1933 in Middletown, Ohio to Mr. Edward F. Myers and Mrs. Edna C. (Fravel) Myers, and was preceded in death by his parents. He was a lifelong Boy Scout earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1951 where he was Valedictorian of his class. He earned a BS in metallurgical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1956, an MS in metallurgical engineering from UW-Madison in 1957, and a PhD in metallurgical engineering from Ohio State in 1964. He was an honorary faculty Member Professor at Metals Engineering Institute. He was honored by the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science Department with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1985, and a Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Wisconsin in 1988. The latter citation was due to his pioneering the application of electrochemical techniques that solved corrosion problems at sites around the world. He also taught continuing education courses for the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the University of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Army. Dr. Myers served his country during the early part of the Vietnam conflict in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1959. He was the pilot of an AC-47, more commonly called Spooky or Puff, the Magic Dragon. He continued his service in the Ohio Air Force Reserves and retired at the rank of Colonel. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 218 serving many years as the Assistant Commander. He also ran the Buckeye Boys State Program and was commended for his diligence in making sure all area schools were well represented at the State Capitol. Dr. Myers was also involved with the Air Force ROTC at Miami University. He was a member of the Society of Old Crows. He founded JRM Associates, an international consultant for corrosion and metallurgical engineering, in Franklin, Ohio where he served as director until his death. He was a life member of NACE International - The Corrosion Society. Dr. Myers authored and co-authored several published papers on stress, fatigue and corrosion on various metals. His business took him all over the world. The work he did for the Saudi government's oil company, ARAMCO, earned him recognition from the Saudi Royal Family. He was a philanthropist to many causes and was a member of the Antioch Shriners of Dayton, Ohio, the local Jefferson Lodge where he was a 33rd degree Mason and the Scottish Rite. He was an avid supporter of animals including the local no kill animal shelter, PAWS. In 2005 he finally accomplished a life time pursuit in purchasing more that 700 acres of what was once the family farm in the Shenandoah River Valley in Virginia. He then donated the land to the State of Virginia. This effort created the Seven Bends State Park and the Fravel-Myers Welcome Center in honor of his parents' families. The only requirement he asked of the State was that the land not be used for hunting purposes. A private military funeral will be held at Massanutten Cemetery, Woodstock, Virginia at the Confederate Memorial Holly Circle. In lieu of flowers donations may be directed to PAWS Adoption Center, 2790 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Middletown, Ohio 45044. Arrangements by Herr-Riggs Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Middletown, Ohio.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Nov. 4, 2012