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Dr. Lester J. Elsie


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Dr. Lester J Elsie

Dr. Lester J Elsie passed away on October 25, 2018 at the age of 76, after a long and courageous battle with head and neck cancer and COPD. Les was born in Buffalo, New York on October 29th 1941 to his parents Lester J. Elsie, Sr. And Jean M Elsie (Fried). He was the second of four children. He did his undergraduate work at Buffalo State University. His graduate work was done at The University of Buffalo, where he received his doctorate in 1971. He then accepted a position at The University of Toledo, College of Education; a position with held with full professorial rank until his retirement. Les had a lifelong passion for woodworking. It has been said that he was one of the best woodworkers in Northwestern Ohio. His tremendous talent in researching, designing and building authentic museum quality 18th century furniture set him apart from his woodworking peers. His extreme knowledge, talent and skill will be greatly missed. Les is survived by his wife Else-Britt along with sons Geoffrey (Kris) Charlottesville, VA and Jonathan (Allison) Sylvania, Ohio. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Gavyn (US Army), Raygan Charlottesville, VA and Claire and Bennett, both of Sylvania, Ohio. A celebration of life is being planned at a later date. In memory of Les, donations may be made to his personal charity The University of Buffalo.

Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 13, 2019
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