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Dr. Patrick S. GILVARY

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GILVARY, Dr. Patrick S. of St. Leonard's of Centerville, died May 31st at home with his loving family around him. If you are reading this obituary it means I am probably dead. And it is about time. 1925 to 2014 is more time than I anticipated, but I'll take it. Life was full. My regret is leaving behind Dorothy (Webster) my beloved wife whom I have cherished for all of our 64 years together, and the children Sean Gilvary (Shirley), Maureen Blanton (Bill), Pamela Boston (Joe), Kathleen Weber (John); and the grandchildren: Patrick (Ellen), Joshua (Ania), Mark (Jen), Joe, Mike (Cassie), Matt, Nic (Julie), Alex, Mike; great-grandchildren: Sydney, Colin, Ryan, Logan, Maddison, Leo, and two more on the way. My parents Joseph E. and Gertrude (Laurence) Gilvary passed on in the 60's. My brother James J. passed on in 1999. I was born in Covington, KY. Like most Kentuckians I migrated to Ohio, lived in several Ohio cities, but I have called Dayton home for the major portion of my life. I graduated from Harding High School in Warren, Ohio, got a B.A. degree from University of Dayton, attended Catholic University of America, got my Masters degree from Xavier University, and finally earned my PhD in Theater from The Ohio State University. I worked as a Director/Producer for ABC Television in Washington D.C., and I accepted a position on the faculty at the University of Dayton in 1955, as the head of the Theater program, and became Department Chairman of the Performing and Visual Arts Department in 1970. I retired as Professor Emeritus in 1994, but continued to teach part time until 2002. I survived three years in the Marine Corps as a machine gunner in the 2nd Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa and occupation troops at Nagasaki during World War II. I received two Purple Hearts for wounds and two Presidential Unit Citations. I'm not sure what they were for ... Survival? I wish I had done some things better, but all in all it was a great life, and I hope to see you all in the next one. Mass of Christian Burial 11 am Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 at St Leonard's Church 8100 Clyo Rd. Centerville, Ohio 45458. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum. Friends may call from 10 am until service time Tuesday at church. Memorials should go to The St. Leonard's Foundation. On line condolences may be made to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on June 1, 2014
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