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Dr. Donald D. Harper


1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Donald D. Harper Obituary
Harper, Dr. Donald D.
1932 - 2017
Dr. Donald D. Harper, age 85, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017. He was born June 4, 1932 in Redwood City, CA. to the late Owen and Sarah Harper. Also preceding him in death were his 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Donald received a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine from The Ohio State University. Donald retired as Ohio State professor of kinesiology. Donald was an accomplished diver and gymnast. Between 1955 and 1961, Donald won five Big Ten championships in trampoline and diving; five NCAA titles; and nine National Amateur Athletic Union gold medals. He was an eight-time All-American in diving and gymnastics. In 1958, he became the first athlete to win NCAA national championships in two sports within a month of each other, taking first in the 1 and 3-meter diving and then coming back a week later to capture the NCAA trampoline title. Internationally, Donald was the first trampoline gold medalist in the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City; a springboard silver medalist in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics; and silver medalist in platform diving at the 1959 Pan American Games. His worldwide reputation is staggering. Honors include The Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame, International Swimming Hall of Fame and World Acrobatics Society Hall of Fame. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Dr. Sandra Harper; daughter, Anne (Tim) Halliday; grandchildren, Jackson, Madison and Tristan Halliday; sister-in-laws, Donna (Howard) Linder and Marilyn Harper; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Swim & Dive Program, c/o Athletic Department, Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 4-7pm at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221. To share a special memory of Donald, please visit our online guestbook at www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 10, 2017
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