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John Thomas Mount

1918 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
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Mount John Thomas Mount, passed away peacefully at home on February 20, 2014. He was born June 10, 1918 in Butler Co. Ohio and graduated from Jefferson Township High School. He graduated in 1941 from The Ohio State University with a B. S. in Agriculture and from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 with an M. S. in Ag Econ and Ed Admin. He is preceded in death by wives Bertha Watts Mount, Ruth Weimer Mount and Carol Lilly Mount and daughter Marilyn Ann Mount, brother Eldon Mount, sisters-in-law Ramona Mount, Wardella Mount and brothers-in-law Kenneth Boyer and Robert Watts. He is survived by his sons, and daughters-in-law, Thomas L. Mount (Carol), John R. Mount (Kathy) and Donald E. Mount (Judy); eight grandchildren and 12 great-grand-children; brother, William Mount; sister, Lois Boyer; sister-in-law, Pat Kelch; and 15 nieces and nephews and their spouses and children along with numerous friends. He started his career as a County Extension Agent for Highland and Clark counties and then joined the Navy from 1942-1946. He rejoined the OSU Extension service in 1946 and served as an Assistant State 4-H leader; then as Junior Dean and Secretary, College of Agriculture, Assistant to the President and Secretary to the OSU Board of Trustees and Board of Control Ohio Agr Research and Development Center. In 1960 he became Vice President and Secretary of the OSU then the VP of Education Services, next VP for Student Affairs and finally VP for Regional Campuses and Dean of University College from 1970 until retirement in 1983. He continued service to OSU as VP and Dean Emeritus and as a Senior Volunteer Associate for OSU Development Fund and OSU Alumni Association, 1982-present. He was also involved with a number of community organizations and an active member in the Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio 4-H Foundation, Founding Member and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the West Ohio Conference of UMC, member of the Board of Directors of the Jesse Owens Foundation , on the Ohio Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation, member of the Columbus Foundation Governing Board, member of the Board of Directors of the Columbus Rotary Club, on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Columbus Chapter and member and Vice President of the Board of Trusses of Children's Hospital and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Children's Hospital Research Foundation. He has been recognized by numerous groups. He received the OSU Distinguished Service Award, was among the forty OSU Distinguished Alumni honored at the 300th OSU commencement, the Mershon Award from OSU Alumni Association, Gordon Gee Spirit Award from the OSU Alumni Association, Gerlach Award for philanthropy to OSU. He received the Methodists Theological School in Ohio Presidential Award, National Society of Fund-Raising Executives "Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist of the Year", the Ohio 4-H Buckeye Clover Award and Ohio Farm Bureau Distinguished Service award and was recognized as an Honorary State Farmer by the Ohio Future Farmers of America. He is a member of Phi Beta Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Sphinx and has honorary memberships in Mortar Board, Chimes, Bucket and Dipper, Romophos, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, OSU Marching Band - TBDBITL, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Alpha Zeta and Delta Theta Sigma. He is in the Hall of Fames of the National 4-H, Ohio 4-H, Ohio Agricultural Council, the Ohio Council of High Education Retirees, and the OSU Army ROTC. John lived his life in service to others. Family was very important to him and he was constantly working to see that they all were able to reach their goals. This family routinely had new "adopted" member in whom he took interest. The Ohio State University was an organization that he supported from when he was a student in 1937 until he taught his last class on the "History of OSU" in 2010. His interest was to make the university the best it could be in serving the students, the state of Ohio and the International community. He touched thousands of students' lives through the orientation programs and made numerous friends for life due to the respect he showed others. The other organizations that he was involved also allowed him to serve a wide range of people in his life-time and to share his philosophy of "work hard and be the best you can be in the service of others." Friends may call from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, OH 43221. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212 with reception to follow at the church. Rev. Philip Brooks officiating. Private inurnment at Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Ohio State University Foundation c/o The John T. Mount Study Abroad Scholarship Fund (#482004), 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory or to extend condolences.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 22, 2014
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