- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – The Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington community is mourning the loss of Dean Emeritus Dr. John Furlow. Furlow died on May 13 at the age of 74. Dr. Furlow was an Assistant Professor of History, Associate Dean and Dean at OUL from 1993 to 2011.
“John’s contributions to student and campus life were many, such as organizing the local Tech Prep initiative, developing several new associate degree programs, refining the scheduling process, strengthening teacher education and relationships with area schools and exploring distance learning options,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. “He was also responsible for starting the Phi Theta Kappa student honor society on our campus.”
Dr. Furlow spent 25 years in regional higher education. He served as the Director of Academic Affairs at Pennsylvania State University’s DuBois Campus and as an assistant professor of history. Dr. Furlow also held full-time teaching positions at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and Penn State University.
"John was a constant contributor to Regional Higher Education initiatives," said Regional Higher Education Executive Dean Bill Willan. "An innovator whose sense of humor and commitment to campus and community never failed, John was instrumental in increasing associate and baccalaureate degrees at the Lancaster Campus, in broadening access to college credits through numerous community partnerships, and in developing consistent academic procedures for Ohio University regional campuses."
Dr. Furlow earned his doctorate in United States history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a MA at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA at Middlebury College (VT).
“John was a loyal and well-loved,” said Smith. “He will be extremely missed.”
Furlow lived in Lancaster with his wife, Judy. Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.