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August 01, 2016 : OUL Dean Emeritus John Furlow Inducted Into Hall of Fame


Former Ohio University Lancaster Dean Emeritus John Furlow was recently Inducted Into the 2016 Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Fairfield DD) Hall of Fame.


John Pekar, Superintendent of Fairfield DD presented the distinction and read the inscription, “In recognition of your dedication in assisting the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities to bring about a vibrant community where people lead fulfilling lives and make meaningful contributions. Fairfield DD will forever be grateful for his support.”


Accepting for her late spouse, Judy Furlow said, “If my husband were here, he would want to say thank you to Developmental Disabilities because it was the partnership that enabled Ohio University Lancaster to fulfill its mission of support and access for all. I thank you all.”


Dr. John Furlow, who passed away in 2014, served as associate dean and then as dean at Ohio University-Lancaster from 1993 to 2011 and during his time was an excellent partner to Fairfield DD. His support of the GROW project and the Zone helped to create opportunities in employment for people with developmental disabilities.  A tremendous supporter of Fairfield County, Dr. Furlow was given United States Congressional Recognition for outstanding service to the community.


Dr. Furlow received his Ph.D. in U.S. history at the University of North Carolina, his M.A. from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. degree from Middlebury College (VT).  He contributed to four books, published in numerous scholarly journals, and wrote a text for independent learning. He retired as Dean Emeritus from OU-L where he also was a member of the history faculty.


Though it had its official beginning in 1967, the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Fairfield DD) program had its roots in the active parents movement in the 1950s.  Fairfield DD currently provides a full range of educational, vocational, social and residential services to meet the specialized needs of individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit