MYERS, Dr. Robert E., PhD, 81, of Bethany, WV, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the Wheeling Hospital with his family at his side.
Born April 10, 1932, in Barnesville, OH, Robert was the son of the late Harvey Franklin and Edith Myrtle Myers.
Dr. Myers was a Bethany College professor of philosophy emeritus and chair of that department. Robert came to the Bethany campus in 1950 as a freshman, graduated with honors in June 1954 then went on to Brite College at Texas Christian University for a master of divinity degree. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at the Ohio State University and joined the Bethany faculty in 1964, where he was associated with the college for 37 years.
Robert received recognition at Bethany from students, colleagues and the Bethany Alumni Association. He was several times nominated and recipient of the "professor of the year" award given by students. He received both the Alumni 25-Year Recognition and the Alumni Faculty Recognition awards as well. He served on scores of academic committees and task forces and as adviser to student groups. He was praised for his untiring service to the college in general, and more specifically, for his years as chair of the honors committee, chair of the Heinz and Shaw travel awards selection committee, personnel committee and faculty representative to the board of trustees.
Robert was a member of the Bethany Memorial Church, having served as a member of the board of elders and moderator of the general board, in addition to other committees.
Robert compiled a reference, research book, "Jack Williamson: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography," and edited, wrote, and reviewed numerous other chapters in books, as well as papers, special programs, taped interviews and presentations.
Robert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Yvonne B. Myers; son, Scott R. Myers (Lisa) of Wellsburg, WV; daughter, Kristina E. Felty of Hollidaysburg, PA; and his four granddaughters: Brionna Myers, Kaitlyn Felty, Allison and Paige Myers.
Visitation will be held Friday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be held Saturday from 10-11 a.m. service time at the Bethany Memorial Church, Bethany, WV, with Reverend Scott Thayer officiating. Interment will follow at the Campbell Cemetery, Bethany, WV.
Memorial contributions should be made to the World Relief Fund for Disciples of Christ, c/o Bethany Memorial Church, P.O. Box 149, Bethany, WV 26032.
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