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David G. Hampshire


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(News story) David G. Hampshire, who captured up-close views of specimens and artwork as a Bowling Green State University photographer, died Monday at Orchard Villa in Oregon. He was 69.

Mr. Hampshire of Northwood had Alzheimer's disease, his wife, Christine Hampshire, said.

He retired at the end of 2005 as a photographer and laboratory technician in the BGSU instructional media services department, where he worked for 33 years. He returned to the department, part time, briefly in 2006.

Mr. Hampshire's work appeared in scientific and academic journals and in books and other publications, his wife said. His service was honored several times through the decades, including twice by the Medici Circle, made up of friends and patrons of the BGSU school of art. In 2004, he received the Administrative Staff Council's Spirit of BG Award.

"What transcends Mr. Hampshire's technical expertise, however, is his genuine respect and concern for others," one nominator wrote, according to the BGSU Monitor newsletter. " 'Students First' is a Dave Hampshire philosophy that we can all remind ourselves of from time to time."

He enjoyed his diverse workload, his wife said. Much of what he photographed professionally was static, whether a slice of rat brain; a geode; a painting or art glass object. His easygoing manner reassured the humans involved - the research scientist or the art student, who knew they needed to have an image of their work but unsure of the next step.

"He would guide them through the decision-making process," his wife said.

He took his assignments to heart, said David Steen, who worked in audio-visual equipment repair and a 27-year colleague.

"He was very well-liked and respected," Mr. Steen said.

Mr. Hampshire embraced the transition from film and darkrooms and chemicals to digital photography. He led workshops in photography skills for faculty and students. His wife has been active in the Needle Arts Guild of Toledo and, in retirement, Mr. Hampshire produced a catalog for a multistate gathering of needle artists. He also wrote articles advising the artists how to photograph their needlework.

He'd made model cars and airplanes from childhood and stopped by car and air shows and museums around the country to take photos.

"He enjoyed taking pictures of flora and fauna and spending a long period of time waiting for that bug to fly into that shot. He was very patient," his wife said.

He inevitably had a camera around his neck wherever he was, said Debbie Papay, his sister-in-law.

"He took all the family holiday pictures and took my wedding pictures," she said. "He took wonderful pictures of flowers and nature. He could see the beauty in something and could frame it in his lens."

He was born Dec. 31, 1948, in Findlay to Eleanor and George Hampshire, Jr. He grew up in Pemberville, Ohio, and was a 1966 graduate of Eastwood High School, playing flute and piccolo in the marching band.

An art teacher at Defiance College, which he attended for a year, encouraged an interest in photography. He enlisted in the Air Force and was a photographer at an airbase near South Vietnam's capital of Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Like his late father, he took part in the color guard of Christ Dunberger American Legion Post 537.

Surviving are his wife, the former Christine Papay, whom he married March 23, 1972, and son, Paul Hampshire.

The family will greet guests after 5 p.m. Friday at Freck Funeral Home, Oregon, and services at 7 p.m., starting with American Legion honors.

The family suggests tributes to the , Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or the color guard of Christ Dunberger American Legion Post 537, Oregon.

This is a news story by Mark Zaborney. Contact him at [email protected] or 419-724-6182.
Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 13, 2018
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