Richard R. Centing
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Centing Richard R. Centing, born on September 16, 1936 in Detroit, MI and died on January 23, 2017 in Columbus, OH. Preceded in death by father Alexander and mother Ellen Rose (Betty), brother Donald, sister Shirley Ann, a nephew and a niece. Survived by niece in Surrey, England. Remembered by long-time friends, neighbors, and former Ohio State graduate students. Graduate of Wayne State University with a B.A. English and the University of Michigan. Served two years in the U.S. Army. Member of North Broadway United Methodist Church, and the OSU Faculty Club. Retired from Ohio State University Thompson Library as a Reference Librarian as well as the English, Theater, and Communication (E.T.C.) Librarian. Richard facilitated graduate students' research for their Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertations; carried out in-depth research of plays presented by the Theater Dept.; responded to general reference inquiries from faculty, students and the general public. Faculty colleagues describe him as "always doing a terrific job very helpful and effective". His academic publishing accomplishments included producing a newsletter about the French author, Anais Nin, whom he knew personally and brought to Ohio State to give lectures. He championed her writing and promoted appreciation of it internationally. During his tenure at the university, he wrote in the capacity of serial columnist for various scholarly journals and newsletters. Richard served on the Ohioana Library Association Board for more than a decade. As a member of the editorial board, he wrote reviews of Ohio magazines and journals for the Ohiana Quarterly, and he chaired the editorial excellence award committee and also served on the career and citations committees. Former Ohiana directors expressed their great respect for him and his accomplishments. Contributions in Richard's memory can be made to the Ohioana Library Association, 274 E. 1st Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 or the Ross Heart Hospital, 410 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201. Arrangements by SOUTHWICK-GOOD & FORTKAMP FUNERAL CHAPEL.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2017.
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February 11, 2017
I was saddened to hear of Richard's passing. I always looked forward to seeing him at neighborhood gatherings. Interesting gentleman, great stories. I will miss him.
J Brickner
February 8, 2017
As a work colleague of Richard's for several years, I greatly appreciated his dry sense of humor, his championing of the work of authors including Anais Nin, his work as a reference librarian, and as a member of the OSU community. He was a wonderful storyteller and conversationalist. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Marsha Hamilton
February 8, 2017
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort, comfort the family at this time.
February 7, 2017
Richard was a delightful neighbor and true gentleman...He was cultured, extremely knowledgeable, and a fascinating person. We shared many stories and laughs at our neighborhood get togethers. Listening to his stories kept us captivated for hours. We will be toasting to the memory of Richard for many years to come. We miss him greatly.
Heather Fair-Wu
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