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Collection VanOsdall, Thomas and Helen. Collection
Title VanOsdall, Thomas and Helen. Collection
Accession number 2017-04
Caption Tom and Helen VanOsdall
Catalog Number 2017-0400Archives
Date 02/27/2017
Exhibit# 0
Imagefile 021\20170400Archives.JPG
Object Name Collection
People VanOsdall, Helen Ruhlin.
VanOsDall, Thomas Clark.
Scope & Content Helen VanOsdall was born November 20, 1913 in Wauseon, the daughter of Sherman and Isabell Tedrow Ruhliun. She graduated from Indiana University with a master's degree in 1936. She had been a professor of Physical Education at Ashland University and a teacher in the Akron city Schools, Los Angeles, California, City Schools. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Ashland, Ohio. She was also a memeber of the Ashland University Women's Club.

She has one half Robert Ruhlin of Wauseon and one half sister Margaret Weber of Socorro, New Mexico.

She died in Loudonville Ohio September 22, 1995.

Thomas Clark VanOsdall was born July 19, 1911, in Ashland, Ohio. He was the son of Charles and Maude Burns VanOsdall. He had been a resident of Ashland, Ohio most of his life. He was a former teacher in Hayesville, Ohio 1932 to 1936 and a chemistry professor 1939 to 1948 at Ashland University. He also was chairman of the science department and professor of chemistry at Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, California 1948 to 1957. In addition he was a research chemist for Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company of Akron, Ohio. He also was a consultant for Hardesty Oil Company, Los Angeles, California 1948 to 1952. He was the founder of the Tommy Van Swing Band, playing music all over Ohio.

He was a graduate of Ashland City Schools in 1928, Ashland College in 1932, and Ohio State University in 1939, and University of Southern California 1943.

He was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher. On June 14, 1939, he married his wife Helen. In 1962 his son Tommy jr, (born January 10, 1945) was killed in an automobile accident in Ashland, Ohio.

Thomas VanOsdall died September 4, 2001 at Ashland, Ohio.