Robert Axline

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University mourns devoted alumnus Robert Axline

Robert Axline, a loyal Ohio University alumnus and Foundation Board Trustee Emeritus, died on Thursday.

"We are deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Bob Axline," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. "He loved Ohio University, cherishing its past, while encouraging and supporting its future. Bob was a loyal friend to the University, demonstrating his passion for his alma mater every day through his gifts of time, talent and resources. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his dear wife, Jean, his entire family, his friends, and all who knew and loved this most loyal Bobcat. We will all miss his unbridled enthusiasm, energy and joy."

Axline graduated from OHIO in 1957 from the College of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 1966, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree from the Program for Management Development. In 2002, he returned to Athens, earning a Doctor of Humanities degree.

He was chairman and CEO of Plastic Card Systems, Inc. Plastic Card Systems, Inc. is a family-run business that sells automatic identification systems. The systems are used by government agencies, universities, private businesses and others to produce plastic identification cards. The company's products print, enhance, store and transmit photo-quality digitized images for customers in a variety of specialized markets.

Axline had a long history of supporting Ohio University, giving to the Cutler Scholars, 1804 Fund, Ohio Bobcat Club, his Golden Reunion class gift and the College of Business. His gifts also allowed for the creation of the Axline Scholarship in the College of Business.

He also gave generously of his time and was a member of numerous steering committees and groups at OHIO. These groups included the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees, Cutler Scholars Board of Governors, the Alumni Relations Thomas Ewing Society, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and many more.

In recognition of his constant and unwavering support of the University, Axline was awarded the John C. Baker Founders Award (1995), Alumni Relations Alumnus of the Year (1992), Achievement in Business Award from the College of Business (1991), Medal of Merit (1987) and the Distinguished Service Award (1983).

Axline is survived by his wife, Jean Axline. A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Axline was living in Northborough, Mass. at the time of his passing.

Calling Hours and Funeral Service

  • Calling hours: Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. - Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St, Northborough, Mass.

  • Funeral Service: Thursday, Aug. 4 - 10 a.m. - Trinity Church, 23 Main St. Northborough, Mass.  Burial will follow in Howard St. Cemetery.