David Jacoby

David Jacoby

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University mourns David Jacoby

Longtime professor was beloved by students

David Jacoby, retired longtime Ohio University professor of physical education and sports science, died unexpectedly on July 23 at the age of 72.
Jacoby, who also served as an assistant dean of the College of Health and Human Services and lived in Athens for more than 50 years, won many honors during his illustrious teaching career.
The student body selected Jacoby as Professor of the Year three times. He also has a departmental award in his honor, the Dr. David J. Jacoby Award, which is given to a physical education student with outstanding athletic abilities.

"I think he really cared about the education of the physical educator," said Douglas Franklin, assistant dean for campus recreation. "He really wanted people to understand the concepts of
physical education."

Jacoby not only spent much of his professional career at OHIO, he earned all three of his degrees from the university. He held a bachelor's degree in physical education, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and a doctorate in education.

In his spare time, Jacoby enjoyed playing golf. One of his golf buddies was Cecil Coconougher, Ohio University HVAC shop manager.

"Jacoby was a good man and I really miss him," Coconougher said. "We played golf almost every Saturday morning. He had a big heart and was someone who loved golf, life and people. He was just a unique and funny guy."

A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Jacoby is survived by his partner Jeanne Jacoby Barton, a son, two daughters and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today on the ninth green of the Ohio University Golf Course.