Monday, December 8, 2003

Elta Fowler, 94, taught students around Ohio



By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Longtime educator Elta Rickly Fowler was a progressive who wanted everyone to be treated fairly.

She often pulled out an old typewriter to write to congressmen about fair housing for blacks, recalls her daughter, Ann Onley of Forest Park.

"She was in many ways a woman ahead of her time. She believed in equal rights for everyone," Onley said.

Mrs. Fowler died Nov. 17 at Clovernook Healthcare Pavilion after a short illness. The longtime Greenhills resident was 94.

Mrs. Fowler graduated from Reynoldsburg High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1931 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

She began her teaching career in 1931, working at several high schools in central Ohio.

Mrs. Fowler and her husband, Victor, former assistant superintendent of Greenhills-Forest Park Schools, moved to Greenhills in 1951. She taught in Cincinnati Public Schools and Colerain Schools before moving to North College Hill City Schools in the early 1950s.

Her husband and a grandson preceded her in death. Besides her daughter, survivors include her cousins.

A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at Hamilton Vineyard Church, 1701 Princeton Rd., Hamilton.

Burial will at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Glen Rest Cemetery, Reynoldsburg.

Memorials may be made to Hamilton Vineyard Church, Vine Committee, 1701 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, 45011.

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E-mail nhamilton@enquirer.com




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