CHSP, University community mourns the death of Tommy Rees

Published: January 7, 2022 Author: Staff reports

Tommy Rees, Clinical Training and Assessment Center Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences and Professions’ (CHSP) Division of Physician Assistant Practice on Ohio University’s Dublin Extension Campus, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 28. He was 38.

“Tommy made a difference by preparing the future health care workforce, and we ‘re grateful for his contributions,” said Interim CHSP Dean Dr. John McCarthy. “On behalf of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and the entire OHIO community, I want to share our deepest condolences and sympathy with Tommy’s family, friends, colleagues and students.” 

Rees joined OHIO in March 2016. He also worked as a part-time firefighter and EMT for the Jefferson Township Fire Department in West Jefferson, Ohio, for the last six and a half years. 

Melissa Bowlby, an assistant clinical professor and director of CHSP’s Physician Assistant Practice, said that Rees’ professional contributions during his time at OHIO will continue to positively impact the program for years to come. 

"Tommy was a huge part of our program,” Bowlby said. “Our hearts are just broken for all who are affected by this unexpected loss, especially his wife and children. He will be deeply missed."

Rees is survived by his wife, Brooke Rees and four children Evelyn (12), Emelya (9), Eileigh (7) and Nash (3). Services were Tuesday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 5 in Galloway, Ohio. 

In lieu of flowers, friends have been asked to consider a memorial contribution be made to the family to assist with expenses. Those wishing to share their condolences and memories virtually can do so by visiting 

Rees’ full obituary can be viewed at the following link:

Students in need of support can contact OHIO’s Counseling and Psychological Services anytime by calling 740-593-1616. Telehealth services are also available for those who would like to speak virtually with a trained counselor.