May 20, 1929 - July 3, 2017
Major General Francis E. Hazard (Ret.) 88, of Urbana, died on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Mercy Memorial Hospital, OH. He was born May 20, 1929 in Gloversville, NY the son of Francis A. Hazard and Clara E. (Smith) Hazard.
Throughout his life he had a dual career in the military and higher education. Following high school graduation, Hazard entered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as a cadet in New London, CT. He served a part time commitment for 33 yrs in the USAF Reserves as an Ohio Air National Guard fighter pilot (16 yrs) and airlift pilot (16 yrs). Earning a direct commission as second lieutenant in 1955, he was rated fighter pilot in 1957. After flying airlift for the 145th Aeromedical Squadron, Hazard transferred to the 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron in Mansfield, OH where he flew fighters and later airlift. At State Headquarters he rose through the ranks as director of operations, deputy chief of staff, and chief of staff. General Hazard was a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hrs in the C-46, C-47, C-119, T-28, T-33, T-34, F-84F, F100D/F and C-130B aircraft.
Concurrent with his military career, he devoted 45 yrs of professional service to the field of higher education. Dr. Hazard was the founding Dean of the Kent State University Tuscarawas campus in New Philadelphia, where he served for 18 years. In 1980 he became the Dean and Director of The Ohio State University Marion campus for 12 years, and concluded his career as President of Urbana University for 10 years. Dr. Hazard, President Emeritus, retired in 2001. The institutions he led experienced positive financial growth as a result of his utilizing community leadership and corporate support. Dr. Hazard authored numerous publications, six of which appear in Research in Education, and one in The Journal of Extension.
A lifetime of community service included chairman of the board of The Marion Bank, Chair of Marion County Youth Services Advisory Committee, regional vice president of American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, USAF Academy Liaison Officer, United Way director, president of the Ohio Outdoor Historical Drama Association, Inc. producer of “Trumpet in the Land,” congressional advisor to the Military Affairs Committee, National Vice President of Symposiarchs Fraternity, decades of Rotary membership, Grimes Foundation trustee, board member of the Family Services Agency of Clark and Champaign County, and member of the Johnny Appleseed Foundation. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed skiing, fishing, golfing, travel and spending time with grandchildren.
Dr. Hazard was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia (Beck) of nearly 60 years and is survived by three daughters Rebecca (Michael) Inkrott, Valerie (Jay) Mueck, and Laura Brockway; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters Esther (Carl) Looman, Irene Mang and Carol Traylor.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Mon, Jul 10, 2017 from 4-7 in the Urbana VERNON FUNERAL HOME and one hour prior to funeral services to be held on Tues, Jul 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Urbana United Methodist Church, Jim Lillibridge officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Hazard’s memory to the WhereHouse food pantry and outreach, Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St, Urbana, OH 43078.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Sympathy to the family. Dr Hazard was my drafting teacher at McKinley High School in Canton. I have often wondered where he went after McKinley. I am not surprised to read his accomplishments. He was one of my favorite instructors. Thank you for the photo in the obituary.
I am sorry for your loss. We have a lot of good memories of your mother and father at the Ohio Air National Guard.
Myra Sarafin (Lieutenant Colonel Raymond C. Sarafin, deceased) and daughters
Dear Girls and families, It was a sad/glad day to open the paper and see your Father’s obit. Sad he is gone, glad that I know where he has gone. Working as his secretary for all those years…and birthing the Kent Tuscarawas Campus was one of the best times of my life. He was a GREAT boss and we worked so well together. He has left a great legacy in each of you and your families. I would love to be with you but cannot be so please accept my (and Jack’s) sincere sympathy. His was a life well lived. May our precious Lord grant you peace during this time. Love ya, Minnie
Please accept my sympathy at the loss of your father, grandfather, and brother. It was my privilege to work with him at Kent State Tuscarawas his last eight years there. He was an important mentor for me and I am grateful to him. His caring and professionalism are appreciated. He made a positive difference in our community as well as others. I regret that I cannot express my condolences in person. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I was sorry to hear of the passing of a dear friend of the Ohio Air National Guard. Please accept my condolences and prayers.
Dr. Hazard was my dean @KSUTusc from 1966 in NPHS, we opened the new campus and were colleagues until he went to OSU Marion. He not only was my dean but I also considered him my friend. He lived a very honored life. May he Rest In Peace Amen.
Hap was a joy.