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Detrick, John
John Samuel Detrick, 85, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2020. John was born in Worthington, Ohio to the late Margaret May and Forrest Roedel Detrick. He attended Worthington Public Schools until the seventh grade at which time he transferred to Columbus Academy, graduating in 1953. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi national theatre honors fraternity and Wesleyan Players, John graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957 with a BS in Mathematics. John began his career in 1957 working on the A3J Vigilante at North American Aviation in Columbus, OH and Palmdale, CA. In 1960, he started teaching at Olentangy High School and in 1961 he became the first alumnus to join the faculty of Columbus Academy (CA), then located on Nelson Road. While at CA, he chaired the Math Department, taught Calculus, Geometry, Statistics, Algebra, received the 1992 Alumni Service Award and retired in 1994. John was actively involved with Camp Kawanhee for Boys in Weld, Maine. His association with Kawanhee began in 1946; despite having his two front teeth knocked out by a bat at home plate during his first year as a camper, the love affair continued over the next 74 years as he served in many capacities including Counselor, Director of Activities, Contractor/Builder and Board Member. John was predeceased by his brother Forrest William Detrick and sister Cynthia Detrick Oldmixon. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Helen Legg Detrick; children, Lucia Weihe of Columbus, John (Jennifer) Detrick, Jr. of Denver, Samuel (Audrey) Detrick of Indianapolis, Andrew (Elizabeth) Detrick of Snowmass Village; niece, Cynthia Oldmixon Jamison of Charlottesville; grandchildren, Keeley, Gordon, Georgiana, Forrest, Erika, Andrew Jordan, Alexandra; and extended family and dear friends. John's guiding principle was to "leave the world a little better place than when you found it." His family feels, with all the love they can muster, that he succeeded. A celebration of John's life will occur at a later date. A debt of gratitude is owed to Ohio Health Hospice for their care and The OSU Body Donation Program. For those wishing, contributions may be made to the George and Raymond Frank Foundation at Camp Kawanhee and/or Columbus Academy.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 4, 2021.
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January 8, 2021
John always had a twinkle in his eyes, and he was always delighted to see and spend a few minutes with people at Academy gatherings. I was not a student in his math classes, but we knew each other. Condolences to all; he will be sorely missed.
Carter Jastram '67
Student
January 5, 2021
So sorry to hear of John's death. He was filled with kindness and had a good sense of humor.
My wife Barbara and I always enjoyed getting with John and Helen. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Helen and the family.
Lloyd Lusher
Friend
January 4, 2021
Mr. Detrick instilled in our son Kenneth a love of mathematics. Truly an attribute of an excellent teacher. May the memories he created with his family and his students provide comfort and solace to all who mourn him. And, may his memory be for a blessing.
Eydie & Don Garlikov
January 4, 2021
Deepest condolences to the entire family. I was fortunate enough to know Mr. Detrick over the years primarily through his Grandsons, Forrest and Gordon. He was an incredibly gracious host to me whenever I would visit his home. I was always struck by his wonderful sense of humor and kind heart. Fortunately, this trait has been passed on to his children and grandchildren and I am sure many of his students. May he rest in peace.
Max Zambito
Friend
January 4, 2021
Deepest condolences to the entire family. I had the pleasure to know Mr. Detrick through his grandsons, Forrest and Gordon. He always welcomed me to his home over the years and was incredibly generous to me with his hospitality. I was always struck by his wonderful sense of humor and kind heart. I know this trait has been successfully passed on to his children and grandchildren and I am certain many of his students. May he rest in peace.
Max Zambito
Friend
January 1, 2021
As a member of Worthington class of '53, those of us who knew the Detrick's send our sympathy to Helen and John's loved ones. Though I now live in Ga. I keep up with news of Worthington. Last night I sent emails to those who knew him since grade school. Today I received such wonderful praises of this good and gentle man.
Beginning at about our 10th high school reunion, sitting apart from the rest of us, I would notice a stranger... a tall, thin man with whitish hair. When I asked those around me who he was, nobody knew. But today Judy Potter explained that those who did know John were in Miss Perry's class at the NEW elementary school. Some of us didn't get to WHS until the ninth grade, by then John had transferred to Columbus Academy. Several years later, when it was about time for another reunion, John and Helen extending their invitation which pretty much said, "when and while you're in town, come and stay with us'". The recently late Carolyn Markey and I were delighted to take them up on that gracious offer and that's how I met John and Helen and their beautiful German Sheppard. That time in my life will always be special, albeit bitter sweet. Kind, thoughtful and gracious people such as these two, always take up a special place in the hearts of all.
Alice Crawford
Acquaintance
December 31, 2020
Helen, We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

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