Friday, January 16, 2004

Otto Graff helped young people


He was court officer, teacher, coach

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

First as a juvenile probation officer and then as a teacher and Little League coach, Otto Graff spent his life helping youth.

Mr. Graff died Jan. 5 of cancer-related complications in Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. The former Sharonville resident was 78. Mr. Graff loved playing golf and pinochle.

"We played cards with him well over 25 years," said one of his friends, Larry Merz of Sharonville. "He was real mild mannered - he never cussed. He was always happy and jolly."

His daughter, Linda Graff, of Lunenburg, Mass., said "He was very kind and gentle. He loved life. He had a big heart and infectious laugh."

Mr. Graff was born in New Jersey in 1925 and from 1944-46, he served as a medic corpsman in the Army and was stationed in the Philippines.

He graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., in 1950.

He and his wife Edna moved to Cincinnati in 1952. He worked as a juvenile probation officer with Hamilton County.

Mr. Graff earned his teaching certificate from Miami University 1955 and became a teacher at Milford Main Middle School in 1957. He taught math and Ohio history for 24 years before retiring.

He and his wife later moved to Johnson City, Tenn.

His wife of 51 years died in 2002.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include a son, Ray of Olney, Md. and two grandchildren.

Services have been held.

Memorials: Alderson-Broaddus, Men's Basketball Programs, c/o the Rev. Dr. Carl W. Gittings, Director of Church Relations and Major Gifts, P.O. Box 2154, Philippi, WV 26416.

E-mail kandrew@enquirer.com




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