Author: Evone Jeffries

Laycock, George

Born: May 29, 1921 Died: March 31, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Zanesville George Edwin Laycock was born in Zanesville, Ohio. He received a B.S. degree from Ohio State University in 1943. That same year, he married Ellen M. Van Auken, and they would have three children: Elaine, Michael, and Steven. Laycock`s career began with Farm Quarterly, Cincinnati, where he …

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Lee, Robert Edwin

Born: October 15, 1918 Died: July 8, 1994 Ohio connection: Birth Elyria Robert Edwin Lee, son of Claire Melvin and Elvira (Taft) Lee, was born in 1918 in Elyria, Ohio. He was educated at Northwestern University (1934), Ohio Wesleyan University (1935-37), Western Reserve University (1938), and Drake University (1943-44). He also served in the U.S. Army Air Force, …

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Levy, D.A.

Born: October 29, 1942 Died: November 24, 1968 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Darryl Alfred Levy was born on October 29, 1942, on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. His father was a shoe salesman who had emigrated from England and his mother was a homemaker. The family would move around the greater Cleveland area throughout the years, settling …

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Lewis, J. Patrick

Born: May 5, 1942 Ohio connection: Resident Westerville J. Patrick Lewis was born in Gary, Indiana. The former Children’s Poet Laureate (2011-2013) received a B.A. degree from Saint Joseph’s College in 1964, an M.A. from Indiana University in 1965, and a PhD in economics from the Ohio State University in 1974. Lewis taught in the department of Business, …

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Libby, Anthony

Born: May 19, 1942 Ohio connection: Resident Columbus Anthony Libby was born May 19, 1942, in Jacksonville, Florida; the son of James Miller (an engineer) and Gertrude (a housewife, nee Wright) Libby.  He received a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross (1963) and was awarded a yearlong Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Two years later, he was …

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Locke, David Ross

Born: August 20, 1833 Died: February 15, 1888 Ohio connection: Former Resident Toledo David Ross Locke (pseudonym Petroleum Vesuvius Nasby) was born in 1833 in Vestal, New York.  His family later moved to the village of Marathon, where he left school after completing grades 1-5. In 1845, at the age of twelve, David was hired by the Cortland Democrat …

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Lenski, Lois

Born: October 14, 1893 Died: September 11, 1974 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield Lois Lenski was born in Springfield, Ohio, and moved to nearby Anna, a small rural community of some 200, in 1899. Lenski fictionalized her childhood in her first two books, Skipping Village (1927) and A Little Girl of Nineteen Hundred (1928). Her mother was a former teacher, and her father was …

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Hillenbrand, Will

Born: May 31, 1960 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Will Hillenbrand was born May 31, 1960, in Cincinnati to Earl (a barber) and Alice (Zins) Hillenbrand and has lived almost all his life in Cincinnati where he grew up surrounded by stories. The youngest of four boys with diverse personalities and talents, Hillenbrand found himself interested in drawing.  …

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Hazen, Barbara Shook

Born: February 4, 1930 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton Barbara Hazen was born Barbara Shook, daughter of Charles Harman and Elizabeth (Foster) Shook, in 1930, in Dayton, Ohio. She received a B.A. from Smith College in 1951 and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1952. She married Freeman Brackett Hazen in 1956, and they had one child, Freeman …

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