Milton Partridge

When teacher JoAnn Henderson was getting her teaching degree at Xavier University in the 1980s, it was her uncle, an education adviser at the school, who guided her on what classes to take.

She credits Milton Partridge's advice as helping her be the best teacher - she's Three Rivers School District's gifted teacher - she can be.

"Those classes help me still today," Henderson said.

And, she's not alone. Other former students feel the same way, his family said.

Mr. Partridge, of Finneytown, died at Aug. 9 at age 87.

"He took a personal interest in all the people he counseled," said his daughter Marybeth Dulle, 48, of Anderson Township. "He was a teacher himself and had an intuitive sense what it took to create a good teacher."

Mr. Partridge graduated from Elder High School in 1942, then enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was sent to France in September of 1944 as a member of the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.

That experience was a life-long source of pride; even when his memory began failing in recent years he could recount his war stories with clarity, Dulle said.

After the war, Mr. Partridge returned to Cincinnati where he earned a bachelor's and master's degrees at Xavier University. He would later earn a doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Partridge taught high school history for Cincinnati Public Schools from 1953-1962 and education at Marquette University from 1964 - 1966. From there he went to Xavier University where he worked as an education professor and supervisor of student teachers.

During his twenty-five year career at the university, Mr. Partridge would chair the education department, direct the Summer Sessions program, and serve as Dean of the College of Professional Studies.

After retiring from Xavier in 1990, Mr. Partridge chaired the Education Department at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Mr. Partridge married Joy Glueck in 1961 and had five children.

Mr. Partridge, who attended St. Vivian's in Finneytown, was deeply religious and was committed to giving to others, his daughter said.

He served on committees such as the Elder High School Alumni Association, Council of Catholic Men, St. Vivian Board of Education, Xavier University Alumni Association, Cincinnati Archdiocese Board of Education, Ursuline Academy Board of Trustees and many more.

"Since he passed we've said so often, 'Who didn't love my dad?'" Dulle said. "People just would always comment about how much they liked him. He was so giving, always thinking of other people."

In addition to Dulle, he is survived by his wife, Joy Glueck Partridge; four other children, Carolyn Donovan, 47, of Mason, Tom Partridge, 45, of Louisville, John Partridge, 41, Washington D.C., and Dr. Suzanne Partridge, 35, Anderson Township; and 13 grandchildren. Also, sisters: Ruth Keller, of College Hill, Helen Trierweiler, of Bridgetown and Mary Ann Osterkamp, Delhi Township.

He is preceded in death by brother Robert Partridge and sisters Dorothy Weber and Betty Brueggemeyer.

Visitation at Hodapp Funeral Home, 6041 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. A mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bellarmine Chapel on Xavier University's campus, 3800 Victory Parkway, 45207.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, 45207, Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., 45205, or to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.

By Sharon Coolidge; [email protected]

Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2011