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Adolph "Dolph" Faller III

Obituary for Adolph "Dolph" Faller III

November 28, 1937 - May 8, 2017
Olmsted Falls, Ohio | Age 79


Adolph Faller III

Adolph ("Dolph") Faller, age 79 died peacefully at home on May 8, 2017 in Olmsted Falls, OH. Born November 28, 1937 in Chicago Illinois to Irma (Hug) and Adolph Faller, Jr., Dolph is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years Dorothy (Anderson); their sons: Carl (Columbus, OH) with his wife Mary and their children Carolyn, Robert, and John; and Kurt (Wilmington, DE) with his wife Sutton and their children Baily and Quinn; and Dolph's brother William (Kewaunee, WI) with his wife Heidi and their children William, Annette, and Chris.
Dolph was a mid-year graduate of Chicago's Hyde Park High School in 1955. He was active in ROTC, band (clarinet) and swimming. He received a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Biology from Kenyon College in 1958 and went on to earn a Master's of Science in Biology Education from the University of Illinois and later a PhD in Plant Ecology from Indiana State University.
As a young man he was an avid swimmer participating on swim teams in college and working at aquatic venues. He also developed an interest in repairing and fixing automobiles, while also working at a local drag strip, all traits passed on to his sons. Summers were spent working on a family farm outside of Chicago contributing to his love of plants and the great outdoors.
After marrying his high school sweetheart, Dorothy, they moved to Klamath Falls Oregon in the late 1950's where he taught science at Klamath Falls High School. Time in Oregon allowed him to pursue his outdoor interests of skiing, where he joined the National Ski Patrol, and mountain climbing where he scaled Mt. Hood, Mt. Shasta and Mt. St. Helen's in the great northwest. In due time he started a young family while maintaining outside interests such as the high school swim coach, and a seasonal National Park Service Naturalist at Crater Lake National Park. Tennis was another sport pursued and taught to the young children.
Dolph also received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study radiation biology at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.
One summer at Crater Lake he met an academic professor who changed the course of his life. Under the professor's guidance, Dolph studied and measured the trees of Mammoth Cave National Park, KY while working towards earning his PhD in Plant Ecology from Indiana State University. With the family in tow he returned to the Midwest and Terre Haute Indiana. He quickly became immersed in academic research and graduate assistant teaching duties.
Upon completion of his coursework he was offered an environmental science and biology teaching position at Cleveland State University. While the sons finished their school year Dolph moved to Cleveland becoming a temporary resident of the downtown YMCA one of several he stayed in while traveling around the country. Cleveland was a wonderful location for the pursuit of environmental studies, professional opportunities for Dorothy and an opportunity to return to the sport of skiing.
During this time Dolph always gave the time to encourage the interests of his sons and family. He became a nationally licensed United States Cycling Federation referee and avid cyclist while supporting Kurt's cycling racing interests. He actively taught his sons and spouse to enjoy the lifelong sport of skiing. Dolph pursued the hobby of photography shared with his sons. He was a leader of many family hiking trips and journeys to historic sites. In support of Dorothy's professional career he was often the family cook relying on James Beard to guide him while at the same time passing on these skills to his sons.
With a young family Dolph pursued professional opportunities as an environmental planning consultant (Dalton, Dalton Little & Newport). Projects remembered include the DC Metro system, the Cuyahoga National Park, and Lorain Steel / Water Quality concerns. Dolph later returned full circle to the endeavor of teaching high school science. He was a longtime faculty member at Brookside High School in Sheffield Lake, OH, teaching their full range of science courses, helping many students attend college as the first in their family to do so, and particularly encouraging young woman to pursue science-related fields. His high school contributions included serving as the faculty coordinator for the National Honor Society, Cross Country Coach, serving the teachers on contract negotiations, and on more than one occasion serving as ski trip advisor for student trips to Austria. Hearing back from former students engaged in science was one of his greatest rewards.
In retirement Dolph actively pursued his interests of flying serving as a dedicated member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he was the Commander of Flotilla 7-5, Division 7 Commander, and Staff Officer for Aviation. He taught skiing as a certified ski instructor at Brandy Wine / Boston Mills for 22 years. Opportunities allowed for many trips abroad including the dream of traveling through the Panama Canal to marvel at the engineering feat.
Dolph remained a caring individual inquisitive to the end, and passionate about the pursuit of science for the good of all human kind. Throughout his years in Cleveland Dolph retained his membership in the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church (WSUUC) and lived his life in adherence to its humanistic principles.
In memory, please consider donations to the WSUUC Memorial Fund, the Alzheimer's Association, or the Carolyn Farrell Foundation. Services will be held on June 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH. (440) 842-7800

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