News and EventsTuesday, May 20, 2014
Dr. John Blocher inducted into state Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
Dr. John Blocher of Oxford is among twelve remarkable older Ohioans inducted this year into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. A special ceremony took place at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on May 20. He joins more than 400 individuals who have been inducted since 1978 by the Ohio Department of Aging.
“The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame recognizes the important roles that our elders can play when they continue to grow, thrive and contribute throughout their lives,” said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., Director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “True Golden Buckeyes are not defined by their age, they are inspired by it. This year’s honorees have helped Ohio prepare for its growing and changing aging population, are recognized as leaders in their prospective fields, and have bolstered their community and their state through their good works.”
Dr. John Blocher was a pioneer in the field of chemistry. During WWII he worked on the Manhattan Project and in his subsequent career he became an international expert on chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition. In retirement he became one of Oxford, Ohio’s prominent conservationists, serving the Silvoor Sanctuary, the Miami University Natural Areas committee and Audubon Miami Valley.
For more information about the honorees, including biographies and photos, visit: Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame: www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame.
The Hall honors individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years. Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60. This year’s nominees range in age from 72 to 95.