Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Lowell E. Gingrich, 89, was retired superintendent



By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MILFORD - Lowell E. "Ging" Gingrich, former superintendent of the West Clermont School District, died Sundayat the Arbors at Milford. The Milford resident was 89.

A native of West Milton in Miami County, Ohio, Mr. Gingrich graduated from Defiance College, where he played football and was captain of the basketball team. He also received a master's degree from Miami University.

He began his career in education teaching civics and coaching baseball, basketball and track at Arcanum High School in Darke County, Ohio.

In 1943, Mr. Gingrich enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the Seabees. He served as recreational director for the military in Bermuda.

After his discharge in 1945, Mr. Gingrich resumed teaching and coaching in Arcanum. From there he became principal at Clayton Northmont High School near Dayton, according to his son, James W. Gingrich of West Chester Township.

Mr. Gingrich next became assistant superintendent at Centerville School District, then superintendent for Ross Township School District.

In 1964, he was named assistant superintendent at West Clermont and superintendent the following year. After he retired in 1975 he continued substitute teaching and tutoring.

Mr. Gingrich also counseled children of divorced parents and was president of the Kiwanis Club in 1963.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, Betty Sullinger Gingrich; daughter, Judy A. Gingrich of Loveland; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, 741 Center St. in Milford. The funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Milford First United Methodist Church, 541 Main St., Milford, OH 45150.




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