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Life of Kermit Blosser Celebrated

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Feb. 27, 2006

ATHENS, Ohio - The life of Ohio Bobcats legend Kermit Blosser was celebrated Monday evening in the Convocation Center by men and women who were touched by the former Ohio University athlete and coach.

"No single person was more interested and devoted to Ohio Athletics than Mr. Blosser," said Ohio Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt, who greeted the guests.

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis gave the first remembrance, calling Blosser the "Unofficial Goodwill Ambassador" for Ohio University.

President Emeritus Charles J. Ping said, "He was a remarkable man, a good and dear friend, and we rejoice in his life."

Former Bobcat golfer Roger Krupa described him as a "mountain of a man" and a "force that could move men." He added that the former golf coach wanted everyone to take a better swing at life and that Blosser left no one's swing unchanged.

Other speakers included former basketball and baseball player Dick Garrison, head baseball coach Joe Carbone, Nannette Cooley - who read a letter on behalf of husband and director of golf Bob Cooley - and Rev. Mary Jo Yeakel, Blosser's pastor from the First United Methodist Church in Athens.

Blosser's granddaughter, Tonya Blosser Braun, closed the ceremony by thanking everyone for attending and for "paying homage to someone whose lifework was teaching, coaching and mentoring generations of Ohio University's student-athletes."

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Ohio University Inn for family and friends to share stories of the beloved man, who passed away on Feb. 18 at the age of 95.