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Robert Eugene Madaffer (1927-2012).

Robert Eugene Madaffer, 84, retired science teacher in the Whitehall (OH) School District, died 18 January 2012, at Grady Memorial Hospital, Delaware, OH. He had a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease and lived his last years at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, a retirement community in Delaware. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served the American Legion Buckeye Boys State for more than 55 years in various roles. In retirement he was a noted and active volunteer in the Bexley (OH) School District.

Joining The Ohio Academy of Science (1960), Madaffer affiliated with the section on science education (vice president, 1974-1975), was elected a Fellow (1980), and became a life member (1994). He was an active member of the Academy, serving as Judging Chair of its State Science Day from the late 1960s to the early 1970s and subsequently as a consultant for the Junior Academy of Science Council. He was also president of The Ohio Academy of Science (1984-1985). He delivered his presidential address on science and The Ohio Academy of Science at the organization's 94th annual meeting on 20 April 1985.

Born 10 May 1927 in Navarre, OH, Madaffer was the son of Joseph and Irene (Sisterhen) Madaffer. He received his diploma from Navarre High School. He matriculated at The Ohio State University from fall 1946 to summer 1957, except for the academic year 1953/1954. He earned a B.S. in education (August 1957). He later entered Cornell University and earned an M.S.T. (1965). He was a teacher in the Whitehall School District for 28 years, instructing in chemistry, physics, astronomy, and earth science. He developed the school's earth science curriculum as well as a hands-on laboratory for general science in an effort to teach science the new way. Madaffer retired around 1986.

In retirement Madaffer became an active volunteer in the Bexley (OH) School District, chairing the Community-Board-Staff Committee and serving on the International Studies Steering Committee. He was also a member of the Long Range Computer Planning Committee and volunteered four periods a week to supervise the 'Write Place, the computer laboratory at Bexley High School. Through his service on the C-B-S Committee, Madaffer assisted in setting up Kid's Care, a program that provides care for elementary-age children prior to and after school hours. Beyond the school district, he volunteered in other organizations. He was an active member of the American Legion Buckeye Boys State. His involvement with the group began in 1942, when he attended Buckeye Boys State as a representative from his high school. He joined the organization after serving in the military. He later served as president of the Board of Trustees, American Legion Buckeye Boys State (1974-1975. 1975-1976) and subsequently was its secretary for over 20 years. He became Secretary Emeritus in 2007. He ran the Legislative Services Agency within Boys State. As the head of LSA, Madaffer taught young men the legislative process for writing bills and resolutions to be introduced into the Boys State General Assembly, how to research the Ohia Revised Code for legislative precedents and existing legislation on file, the use of Parliamentary Procedure, and the role of the real LSA in supporting the Ohio House and Senate. He was known for being detailed and meticulous in preparing his teaching tools that he shared with the young men. He was also chief judge of the Ohio Legion state oratorical contest. He was a longtime bartender for CAPA (Columbus Association for the Performing Arts).

Madaffer enjoyed a number of hobbies. He loved Christmas and enjoyed symphonic and baroque music, and model railroads, particularly the Santa Fe Chief. It has been reported elsewhere that "he was known for his great booming voice and laugh and his passion for science."

Surviving Madaffer are a sister, Cynthia McFarren; a brother, Thomas Madaffer of Massillon, OH; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Elizabeth (Cornelius) Madaffer. Cremated, a celebration of his life was held at Willow Brook at Delaware Run on 11 February 2012. Memorial contributions may be made to the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County, 800 Cheshire Road, Suite A, Delaware, OH 43015.
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Author:Burk, William R.
Publication:The Ohio Journal of Science
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:1U3OH
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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