Richard Noel Maxwell
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MAXWELL Richard Noel Maxwell, age 69, died peacefully on April 28, 2011, at Riverside Methodist Hospital surrounded by the love of family and friends. Dick was born on February 27, 1942, in Steubenville, Ohio. Predeceased by his mother Virginia Runyeon Maxwell, and father John Donald Maxwell. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathryn Reeder Maxwell; stepson, Matthew Michael Edler; mother-in-law, Margaret Page Reeder; dear cousin, Linda (Charles) Maxwell Yund; special friends and caregivers including, Karen Lanning and Cherry Vail; and many cousins. Dick graduated from North High School in 1960, attended school at OSU and went into the Marine Corps reserves. After completing boot camp, he returned and played football in the OSU intramural fraternity league for the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. In the early evening of November 18, 1963, he saw a chance to score a touchdown and went diving into the end zone. He received a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the neck down. Woody Hayes saw a paragraph about the accident in the student paper and went to the hospital to see him. After visiting him several times, Woody said "He's a fabulous youngster. If we win the Michigan game, I'm going to give him the game ball." On November 30, 1963 OSU beat Michigan 14-10 and Dick became the proud owner of the signed football. Dick received his rehabilitation from a wonderful staff at Dodd Hall and continued his college education receiving his bachelor degree in business in 1969. After graduation, he served as Patient Services Coordinator at Dodd Hall. In 1971 he was honored as one of the Columbus Citizen-Journal "Top Ten Men of the Year". In 1972, Dick began work as administrator in the OSU Office for Disability Services where he worked with students, who had physical disabilities and served on campus committees creating awareness and providing knowledge of disability issues. He was most proud of being able to give tools and knowledge to students with disabilities so they could become their own self-advocate. Since he had to be met by high school friends and fraternity brothers to be carried up steps and assisted to classes during his OSU college career, spearheading awareness and the campaign for campus accessibility was a huge task that he and others with the campus planning commission accomplished. He served as clinical faculty in the OSU Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department and provided workshops and lectures not only to students studying physical medicine, but architectural students. He was appointed in 1974 to the Ohio Governor's Commission on Employment of the Handicap. He served in multiple community venues: Consumer Advisory Council for the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, State Library Advisory Committee for Outreach Services, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Housing Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Human Services Commission, the Access Advisory Committee for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Central Ohio Rehabilitation Association, Ohio Wheelchair Athletic Association, Ohio Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities and the University District Organization. He was one of the founders, served as vice president and Board of Trustees members for Creative Living, a unique nonprofit organization encouraging independent living for adults with severe physical disabilities. In 1985, he was given the OSU Affirmative Action Award for his contribution to disability awareness and campus accessibility. After 27 years, Dick retired from OSU and was deeply honored by the students, who selected him to the Sphinx Honorary and the Golden Key Society. He was very active in his retirement years, maintaining the important friendships that had given him the courage and confidence to make the most of his life, taking care of family, and studying World War II history. We want to thank all his friends from North High School, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, The Ohio State University, and Creative Living for loving and honoring him. Dick will be sadly missed by his loving wife, family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL, 229 E. State St. where the family will receive friends from 1:00pm until time of service. The family suggests that donations be made to Creative Living, 150 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201.
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2011.
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I met Dick at Dodd Hall in 1964 when I was a new grad PT. He eventually became my patient and we shared many good times until I left in 1971. I would go with Dick and Jack Dacre across the fields to the stadium many Saturdays. Dick and Jack were quite a pair and treated me like a "new pledge"and put me through the paces!! Will always remember my time with Dick and so glad that he married and had a good, productive life and love.
Marge Rheinscheld Hawthorne
November 22, 2011
When I joined the fraternity Dick was most memorable by his sincere, unconditional caring that he had for others. What a wonderful person and he will be always be remembered.
Buzzy Wentz
May 14, 2011
Although its been so many years ago, I remember being in awe of Dick's spirit in spite of his injury. It is gratifying to hear that he was an inspiration to so many.
YITB, James Michalak, #1211
James Michalak
May 11, 2011
I just heard of Dick's passing from Hugh Cardy. I remember Dick's injury like it was yesterday, and have been totally amazed by his fortitude and ability to move on to such an accomplished life.
YITB, Terry Hackney M.D. #1185
Terry Hackney
May 10, 2011
Dick and I were in the same pledge class of Phi Delta Theta. His unique intensity and loving nature provided a wonderful impact on so many. God bless his memory and family.

Bob Voll 1857
Bob Voll
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
Dick was a tremendous inspiration to me. He was always giving in every way. We went through " Hell Week" together at Ohio Zeta . As they said at his funeral, " he was the glue that held the Phi Delt's together". He will never be forgotten by those of us whose lives he touched so deeply. Yours in the Bond Ohio Zeta 1141 Tom Holton
May 10, 2011
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Max. He will always be remembered. YITB Gary Johns 1264
May 10, 2011
Dick showed us that "disabled" can be a misnomer.He went from the tragic accident to be more productive in the community than most of us. Godspeed. John Slauson
May 10, 2011
I met Dick through Phi Delta Theta and later was a neighbor on Mount Holyoke. I had not seen him since moving away but he was always pleasant and I always enjoyed his company. I had the utmost admiration for his tremendous attitude. My deepest condolences to Kathryn and to the rest of his family and friends.
Jerry Bohan
May 4, 2011
Good Bye, Max...through late high school and on to OSU and the Phi Delt House...my dear friend, my hunting partner, my Honorary Best Man at Patty's and my wedding 47 years ago and my lifelong hero...You've always been in Patty's and my thoughts and forever in our hearts. You'll be home soon; save us a spot !

Bill & Patty Strouse - OSU & Ohio Zeta - '64
Bill/Patty Strouse
May 4, 2011
May 4, 2011

Dear Kathryn, You are in my thoughts today. I saw Dick's obituary in the paper and wanted to offer my condolences. I only met Dick once and knew him most by hearing about him from you. He was a great man and I know the two of you shared a great time together. Please let me know if
there is anything I can do for you or your family at this time. I am still at HomeReach Hospice, located at Kobacker House (566-4608)

Becky Craig
May 4, 2011
Dick was a genuine hero. He turned adversity into victory and had a lasting impact on all who came in contact with him.

Yours in the Bond,
Jim Gross, Ohio Zeta 1077
May 4, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Dick when I pleged Phi Delta Theta. What struck me most was his engaging manor and genuine instrest in the new brothers. I had the opportunity to be selected as a Journeyman Award winner my senior year. Max was one of the committie members who made the selection. To me he epitomized the award. He made the most out of the time he had on this earth regardless of his hardships. To me he will always be the Journeyman's Journeyman!!! God bless you Max...Yours in the Bond, Keith
Keith Davis
May 4, 2011
No more pain, no more suffering, no more counting on others to just live out his stress filled life. Dick faced his challenges, leaned on his God for comfort and guidance, knowing that when his last breath on this earth was finished, his next would be in heaven for all eternity.

Dick set a life standard we all should follow. I am proud to say he was and will always be my dear friend. I am looking forward to the day when we will surely see one another again.

Kathryn, our prayers are with you all of your family & friends.

Steve and Nancy Scott
Tampa, Florida
May 3, 2011
I had the wonderful opportuntity to meet Dick when I was a Chapter Consultant with Phi Delta Theta in 1975. I had grown up in the Columbus area and as my father was a Phi Delt, I knew of Dick's accident and his subsequent fight. Dick was a fighter and an optimist. I know that his Brothers at Ohio Zeta of Phi Delta Theta did a lot to assist him following the accident and in hearing his story from him back then, it gives new meaning to the word Brotherhood.

Dick,
In coelo quies est ... In Heaven there is rest.
Larry Carr
Ohio Kappa '646
Phi Delta Theta
Bowling Green State University
Westerville OH
May 3, 2011
Kathryn, you don't know me. Marilyn Hicks is my sister and Howard is my brother-in-law. I feel so privileged to have met Dick. Howard had been admitted to OSU Hospital and here comes Dick. I had heard about him for years and I was so impressed that there he was with all of his challenges and yet he showed up to encourage Howard. As soon as I met Dick I picked up on his sense of humor and his outpouring of encouragement to others. He left an imprint on many lives. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family.
Janet Brookbank
May 3, 2011
I worked for Dick in 1997 when I was in nursing school at OSU. He taught me so very much about communicating effectively, caring for people, standing my ground, and working efficiently. He was an intensely tough man. He had such a great sense of humor. It was an honor to have known him. My deepest condolescences to his family and loved ones. Amy (McKimmie) Quinn
Amy Quinn
May 3, 2011
In 1965 I was a new graduate nurse and I worked the evening shift on 6E. Dick's room was right across from the nurses station and he was on a rocking bed. I remember the 1965 NCAA final was on the radio. I was from the University of Kentucky and UK was playing in the finals. They lost to Texas Western and he never let me forget it. I was so happy to see him overcome his disability and have a good enriched life. I now work in the James Hospital and help people cope with another kind of disability that we are trying to fight. I just wanted to let you know I never forgot him and all he accomplished. Shirley Blanton RN
May 2, 2011
Kathryn, Gay e-mailed me the sad news of Dick. What great memories I have of him - especially the oatmeal raisin cookie episode! He will be missed greatly and leaves big shoes for anyone following him. My best to you and your family. Donna Van Winkle Hutchins
May 2, 2011
Fond memories of Dick's leadership during my student years at OSU, and when working at Dodd Hall. What a great teacher, advocate and soul!
Diane Kaiser
May 2, 2011
Dick was a man among men; Exceptional compassion, great sense of humor and an wonderful friend. I am proud to have worked with him at Ohio State and wish his family and friends strength and compassion in this difficult time.
Ken Kaiser
May 2, 2011
My sicerest condolences.
Clayton Hall
May 2, 2011
Dick touched so many lives at Ohio State long after many of us left. His work made so many move on after injury to the body but not the soul. May he be smiling from above on all of us.
Michael Fischer
May 2, 2011
I had the privilege to work with Dick at OSU Disability Services Office (ODS) for over ten years. Dick was a man who never let his disability get in the way of what he wanted to do in life. I will always remember the great times we had at ODS dealing with other students with disabilities. Dick was always there for them and did everything he could to make their life better. I will miss you Dick and the students whose lives you touched will also miss you. I wish I was nearby so I could come and say my final goodbye in person at your funeral. Take care my friend and Go Bucks!

Jim Baker
Duke University
Jim Baker
May 2, 2011
It was an honor to have known Dick. He was a true symbol of courage.
YITB, Jack Korthals, 1297
May 2, 2011
Rest in Peace, Brother Maxwell! You were an inspiration to me the first time I met you at the Phi Delt house.
YITB #1801
May 1, 2011
Thank you for your service to our country.

Blue Star Mothers of America
Buckeye Military Moms, Ch 9
Worthington/Cols. OH
May 1, 2011
What a life of success and and lasting friendships. Knowing Dick is an experience that is never forgotten.
Larry Hilditch
May 1, 2011
Dick is and will be a bright light of courage. Might we each make our monments count with true friendship and a deep concern for all mankind. Thank you Kathrine for the love and support so important to his courage.
Kathy Thompson Dambach
May 1, 2011
Dick was an inspiration and a man to be respected. He did so much to advocate for and inspire people with disabilities and without. Goodbye, Dick, and thank you!
Debbie Holloway-Creative Living Resident
May 1, 2011
As a North High School classmate and long time friend I see Dick as one of the most courages and loving humans I have known. As the decades past he emerged as the "Polar Bear" heart. I will miss his presence each fall when I return to Columbus. Katherine I will not be able to return for the service. God Bless you for your care and love of Dick all these years.
Steve Wilson Tacoma, Washington
Steve Wilson
May 1, 2011
A proud brother who never forgot his fraternity or the "house on the hill".

BITB #1410
Denny Lynch, Dublin, OH
May 1, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Clay Long
May 1, 2011
Yours In The Bond #1750
David Hickey
May 1, 2011
A brother, dearly remembered. An inspiration to all that knew him.
-Pfeff, OH Zeta #1289
Rick Pfefferle
May 1, 2011
Kathryn,as you know Pat and I were there when it happened and we have been with Max ever since.He has been an inspiration to me and my family ever since.As you know my son David is a doctor in the US Army and he has told me many times what an affect Max has had on his life and his career choice.Now two generations have been inspired and I will make sure David and Jennifer make it three.Pat and I are out of town and will not be able to make it to the celebration of his life on Wednesday.However we will say a prayer in honor of his life and his everlasting friendship.
Dale Crawford
May 1, 2011
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. Dick's friendship to our family is one of our most cherished gifts. Kathryn we love you and all our prayers are with you.
Gay and Bob Taylor
May 1, 2011
My heart was greatly saddened by the news of Dick's passing. He was an amazing individual that did not let barriers (preceived or real) hold him back in any way. He led by example and will forever be a model of the high standards that we as human beings can reach. I had the chance to see Dick this past September, when he stopped into Disability Services once football afternoon to say hello. He was well, and charged up for the game. We shared hugs, and laughs and then he was on his way, because he had thigs to do! This will be the memory that I carry with me and share with others. He was a proud Buckeye, who gave much to his community, who loved OSU and who actively sought access for all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. His spirit will carry on through all of us who were fortunate enough to know him.
Blessings to you all.
Sarah Terry
OSU/ODS
Sarah Terry
May 1, 2011
Dick touched us all in so many ways and made us all better people. He will be dearly missed.
Jeanne and Michael Gable
May 1, 2011
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