Professor Emeritus Donovan J. Ochs, 73, of rural Solon, died Jan. 18, 2012, at home.
Professor Ochs was born Oct. 2, 1938, in Charles City, to Joseph and Ardith (Hagarty) Ochs. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Charles City in 1956. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Loras College, and his master of arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. Dr. Donovan J. Ochs married Joan Walsh on Jan. 27, 1962, at Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City.
A dual celebration of Don’s life combined with the Golden Anniversary of Don and Joan will be held at the Brosh Chapel in Solon on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1 until 4 p.m. For further details, please visit the Brosh Chapel website www.broshchapel.com .
He taught at Loras College, Regis High School, Cedar Rapids, the U.S. Army Base at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the University of California, Davis, Calif., the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., and the University of Iowa. At Iowa he was joint-appointed in the Department of Rhetoric and in the Communication Studies Department from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. For four years after retiring he taught short courses for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center in the Henry Tippe College of Business.
During his academic career he authored nine books; published over a hundred book chapters, reviews, and journal articles; and presented numerous professional papers. He directed over two dozen students in their doctoral dissertation work. In 1993 he was awarded the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award.
He was an active member of the Iowa Communication Association and served on a number of their committees as well as co-editing The Iowa Journal of Communication. As a member of the Central States Speech Association he both edited the journal and served as President of the professional society. He was also a member of the Speech Communication Association and served on many of their national committees.
Throughout his life he was an outdoorsman, fishing, hunting and gardening were his major avocations. After his retirement he was a volunteer on a number of community projects, including the Solon Community in Action Committee, the Solon Library Building Campaign and the Solon Library Board of Trustees.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Ochs, daughters Cindi Ochs and Michelle (William) Kinney, and son Daniel (Karen) Ochs, and five grandchildren.
His family would like to thank all of the friends and neighbors and Home Choice Senior Care that helped him remain in the home he so dearly loved. He will be remembered for his integrity, humor, conversational skill, storytelling ability, loyalty, work ethic and playfulness.
Memorials may be made to the Solon Public Library Foundation.