By Heather Anerino
Those who knew Stori Huston Raver well remember her as an innovative teacher, a thoughtful student and a talented coach who led by example.
The Ohio University community is mourning the loss of Raver and her sister, Jessica Huston Harrah, who died May 31 in Wayne Township, Ohio, south of Dayton. Both women were alumnae of the university, and Raver was a graduate student in the College of Education.
Raver, 25, and Harrah, 29, were found dead May 31 in the basement of Harrah's Wayne Township, Ohio, home, which Harrah and her husband had recently purchased. The sisters apparently entered the basement to check on a gas generator being used to power a sump pump. The Warren County Coroner's Office identified carbon monoxide poisoning as the likely cause of death; toxicology reports are due in six to eight weeks.
Raver graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in special education in June 2005 and had just begun work on her master's degree in special education. Harrah earned her bachelor's degree in health services administration from the university in 2001.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a bright and talented educator," College of Education Dean Renee Middleton said of Raver. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Stori and Jessica's family and friends at this most difficult time."
Karen Oswald, a faculty member in the College of Education's teacher education program, added, "I remember Stori quite well. She was a quiet, thoughtful person who always showed gratitude to others. She had a lovely smile and was a pleasure to have as a student. She had a sincere interest in doing her best."
Raver was a 2000 graduate of Fairfield Union High School in Lancaster and taught special education at Miller High School in Corning, Ohio, before returning to Fairfield Union two years ago as an intervention specialist to teach special education courses in math and science and coach the girls' freshman basketball team.
"We were very pleased when Stori joined us," Fairfield Union Principal Dale Ferbrache said. "We interviewed a number of candidates, and Stori really stood out as a strong educator. She was innovative, had strong educational and technical skills, and certainly had the makings of a great instructor. The students and faculty will certainly miss her; she brought out the best in people around her."
George Shreyer, assistant principal and Fairfield Union's athletic director, noted Raver's strong leadership skills. "I've known Stori since she was about 5 years old. I watched her come up through junior and high school as a quiet leader. She led by example and even led her basketball team to the state finals her senior year. Once she came on board with us, she was a great teacher and coach."
Obituaries for Raver appeared in The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and The Dayton Daily News.
George Mauzy contributed to this story.