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Robert A Hovis

Obituary for Robert A Hovis

April 13, 1943 - July 1, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio | Age 75

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather


Hovis, Robert Albert

On Sunday, July 1, 2018, Dr. Robert Hovis passed away at the age of 75 years.

A native of Youngstown, he received a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Ohio State University. He spent the majority of his career at Ohio Northern University where he taught mathematics and computer science. When he joined ONU in 1975 computer science was not yet a widespread academic discipline; he played a leading role in bringing computing to ONU with the initiation of a Computer Science major in 1978. In addition to teaching he held a variety of administrative positions including serving as Department Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science for 19 years and as interim dean of the Getty College of Arts and Sciences in 2003-04. In 2005 he assisted ONU's GLBT group, Open Doors, with the formation of a Faculty Allies group to help make affirming faculty, staff and administrators visible to students. In 2009 he retired from ONU becoming Professor Emeritus.

For the nearly four decades he lived in Ada he was an active member of the First United Methodist Church serving on various committees, including the Pastor-Parish Relationship committee which he chaired on several occasions.

In his free time, he enjoyed attending the various cultural events at ONU, traveling, drinking good coffee and following the Cleveland Indians.
He was born April 13, 1943 and raised by his mother Vera (Wehnes) Hovis after his father Albert Hovis died in action in the English Channel during Operation Tiger in 1944, during World War II. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann (nee Cox), sister Marjorie (John) Dyckman of Aston, PA, daughter Jennifer of Mountain View, CA, son David (Jen Coican) of Cleveland, and grandsons Baxter and Graham of Cleveland.

A graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland OH, on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Ohio Northern University for the creation of an endowment fund in memory of Dr. Robert Hovis. The address for donations is: Ohio Northern University, Office of University Advancement, 525 S. Main Street, Ada OH 45810. (440) 333-9774

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