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Jim Wycoff

Jim Wycoff

Photo courtesy of: The Ohio University Alumni Association

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Ohio University mourns the loss of distinguished alumnus Jim Wycoff

Jim Wycoff passed away on Sunday, August 11, at Mercy Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Wycoff graduated from Zanesville High School in 1967 and was directed by then Ohio State University Football Coach Woodie Hayes to head southeast to Athens and to what came to be Wycoff’s “beloved Ohio University.”

Wycoff graduated in 1971 with a degree in economics and math. He was senior class president, varsity football manager, and Phi Kappa Sigma (Skulls) rush chairman. Upon graduation, he worked for Proctor & Gamble in sales and continued that career path with the Anchor Hocking Corporation. 

In 1981, Wycoff moved from sales to finance with E.F. Hutton. In 1995, he opened the first Raymond James Financial Services Office in Cincinnati. He hosted “The Jim Wycoff Money Hour” on 55KRC for 20 years. 

Wycoff was active in the Cincinnati and Ohio University communities, serving on many volunteer boards including the Ohio University Alumni Association (OUAA) Board of Directors and the College of Business Executive Advisory Board. He was instrumental in the establishment of the College of Business’s Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre and supportive of the college’s development of its master of financial economics degree.

Wycoff received the OUAA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1999; the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award; and, on Friday, October 11 – during Homecoming Weekend 2013 – he will receive posthumously the OUAA’s Alumnus of the Year Award. 

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Suzi. Jim’s life will be celebrated Saturday, August 24 at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse in Cincinnati from 2-5 p.m. Friends are asked to share fond memories, which will be compiled into a “Wacbook.” Send writings to wacbook@yahoo.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wycoff's name to The Ohio University Foundation and designated for the Jim Wycoff Fair/Unfair Advantage Sales Centre Outstanding Student Award. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio 45701 or gifts can be made online at www.ohio.edu/give.