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April 06, 2009
Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King (419) 995-8671

Bill Hussey dies March 14

Dr. William D. "Bill" Hussey, 64, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of Lima, died March 14, 2009, from complications following an eight-month battle with myelodysplastic syndrome.

Dr. Hussey graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1963. After receiving his undergraduate degree from St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire, he ventured west to earn both a master’s and doctorate in classics from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

In the fall of 1971, he moved to Lima to take a position as an assistant professor teaching Latin at The Ohio State University at Limas. He spent the next nine years teaching Latin and Greek at Ohio State Lima, earning a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome in 1976. In 1978, he was elected president of the Ohio Classical Conference. He later went on to serve as vice president for Student Services and assistant to the president at Lima Technical College from 1980 to 1999. During his nearly 30 years in Lima and on the Lima Campus he performed in numerous campus theater productions under the direction of Martha Farmer, including "Our Town," "The Crucible," William Shakespeare’s "Taming of the Shrew," and as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." He was also an active member of the local community serving as a member of the Lima Sunrise Sertoma Club (President 1983-1984). He was on the Board of Ambassadors to St. Rita’s Medical Center, a member of the Allen County Private Industry Council, the Allen County CETA Citizens Advisory Council and the Bath Township Board of Zoning Appeals. Following his retirement from Lima Technical College, he and his wife, Colleen, moved to Henderson, Nev., where he continued to teach part time in the subjects he was most passionate about, Latin and Greek, working with students at the College of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Despite living in Nevada, he continued to cheer tirelessly for his favorite sports team, his alma mater, The Ohio State Buckeyes.

He is survived by his wife Colleen of Henderson, Nev., son Sean, daughter-in-law Zinnia and a grandson Liam Hussey, of Columbia, Md., Liam was born the day Dr. Hussey died; a brother, Michael Hussey, of Washington, D.C.; and a sister, Susan Dolan, of The Villages, Fla.

A private memorial service was held in Henderson, Nev., on St. Patrick’s Day.