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James R. Rea

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REA Dr. James R. Rea, after an honorable battle with Alzheimer's, "slipped the surly bonds of earth, reached out his hand and touched the face of God"..called home for a glorious reunion on Friday, January 8, 2010 at Wooster Community Hospital. Jim was born May 4, 1930 in Marion, Ohio to Philip and Grace (Straw) Rea. He graduated from Marion Harding High School, Otterbein College, The Ohio State University and Ohio University. During more than 30 years at the College of Wooster he served as Chairman of the Speech Department, on many academic committees, and was Director of the Freedlander Speech and Hearing Clinic. He was an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a tutor at Pittsburgh Avenue Elementary School. Jim was preceded in death by a son Philip Matthews Rea and his parents. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Linda (Snyder) Rea; former wife, Elizabeth Rea; children, Jean Marie Rea, Ellen (Wesley) Jacobs, Cabot (Heather) Rea, all of Columbus and Carol (Chris) Brown of Memphis, TN; step-daughter, Allyson (Eric) Gray of Shreve; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Memorial and Celebration Service on Saturday January 16 at 3 p.m. at the Westminister Presbyterian Church House on Pine Street in Wooster. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The College of Wooster, Attn: Sally Patton, for Scholarships in Honor of Dr. James Richard Rea, Wooster, OH 44691.
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