Monday, December 16, 2013

Passing: My Dad

"Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in him who strengthens me."
-Philippians 4:11-13

My Dad passed away all too soon on December 5th, 2013. It has brought my family to our knees and we are struggling to move forward each day. He was a huge force in all our lives and there is a hole in the tight circle of our family.  A few months ago, after telling me in great detail about some of our larger than life family members that died when he was young, he shared that he missed those core people all his life and the memory of them haunted him on almost a daily basis. Now I know exactly how he felt. I will miss him forever.

I wanted to share a list of my Dad's life accomplishments. It's staggering to me to think about how much he worked throughout his life to touch as many lives as possible through his bright mind and strong actions. He inspires me to want to work harder and keep moving forward in a positive direction. I hope he inspires you too...

Boy Scouts of America
-- Eagle Scout

Brilliant High School (grad. 1953)
-- Class President

United States Army (Enlisted Jan 1955 - Dec 1956)
-- 3rd Armored Calvary
-- Nuremburg, Germany

United States Air Force (Enlisted Mar 1957 - June 1966)
-- OSI - Office of Special Investigations
-- RAF Greenham Commom, England
-- Zaragoza AFB, Spain (Married Jacin)
-- Hill AFB Utah (Glenn born)

United States Army (Chief Warrant Officer III June 1966 - Dec 1975)
-- Criminial Investigation Division, Virginia
-- Georgia (Leigh and Carl Born)
-- Saigon, Vietnam, Bronze Star for Valor
-- Stuttgart, Germany
-- Retired Dec 1975 (20yrs 9mos Military Service)

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (1976 - 1996)
-- Chief of Administration, Instructor
-- Retired, State of Ohio, 1996

Ohio Military Reserve

Park University
-- Established Columbus Branch at DCSC (1996)
-- Helped Establish Branch at Joint Base Charleston (1998)
-- Online Instructor (1998-2013)

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (2004-2013)
-- Over 100 college accreditation visits in 27 states and Ireland

National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (2003-2011)
-- President, Board of Commissioners

US Army CID Agents Association 
-- President 

32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite

Shriners International

Harbour Club, Charleston


  1. He was such an incredible presence of man. A gentleman to the highest degree. Kind. We are blessed to have known him.

  2. Wow Leigh, what am inspiring man your dad must have been. I have been thinking about you and I know it's so hard having no 'normal' right now. Please know I have you and your Mum in my prayers.

  3. Thank you, ladies for these kind comments. He was very special.