Robert W. Amos '35

Robert Woodrow Amos entered the Chapter Eternal on July 22, 2006, at his home. He was 93Robert W. Amos.
A lifetime resident of Cambridge, Ohio, Bob was born on March 25, 1913, to the late Harry Waller Amos and Elizabeth Rose Davies Amos.

For over 65 years he was editor and publisher of The Daily Jeffersonian in Cambridge as were his father and grandfather, who had operated The Jeffersonian since 1886. Through this position, he promoted organizations and activities that bettered Guernsey County. And he maintained very close ties with his alma mater and fraternity.

Bob graduated from Denison University in 1935, and was a member of The Sigma Chi Fraternity as were several generations of relatives before him. In what surely must be one of Sigma Chi's longest legacy lines, Mu Sigs from the Amos family include James E. Amos (1889), Herbert E. Amos (1890), Harry W. Amos (1899), Hugh Amos (1924), his brother, Henry D. Amos (1925); and John W. Amos (1929), plus several other non-Amos surnamed relatives.

In 1997, Bob received The Significant Sig Award, Sigma Chi's highest recognition for achievements in a brother's professional career and in civic and related endeavors, helping make the class of 1935 the most-honored in Mu Chapter history (Significant Sig Awards: Amos, W.W. "Woody" Hayes and George H. Norton, Jr.; The Order of Constantine: Richard C. Harman).

Nicknamed "The Count" by his pledge mates, Bob's quick wit, twinkling eye, ready quip, and genuine interest in people were his signature... endearing him to all and allowing no one to feel like a stranger in his presence.

Bob worked tirelessly on behalf of others and was involved in many projects and endeavors benefiting his community. He served as president of United Press International Editors Association and was among the three founders of Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival, the Ohio Arts and Crafts Foundation and was head of the local Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, for this and many other selfless community contributions, Bob was elected into the Guernsey County Hall of Fame.

Bob amassed an impressive record of community service. He was among the founders of the Community Chest, Guernsey County Historical Society and the Guernsey County Hall of Fame program. He was for many years a key figure in the Cambridge Area Beautification Council, serving as head of the local Chamber of Commerce. He also served on The Salvation Army advisory board, the Guernsey County District Public Library board for 26 years, the YMCA board, the Ohio Reclamation Board of Review and the Denison University Research Foundation. There was much more.

One of his most impressive positions was that of president of the United Press International Editors Association when he served statewide and nationally. He helped instigate the R.K. Brown newspaper award through UPI, given to Ohio journalists.

In 1978, he retired from the newspaper but continued to write for The Jeffersonian. He also continued his involvement in civic affairs. On retirement, as a surprise, Bob was named The Daily Jeffersonian's "Person of the Year." At that time he also was given the title of Editor Emeritus in recognition of his endless efforts promoting the betterment of his community.

While Bob received numerous honors over the years for his community service, he was especially devoted to the Cambridge YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, the Rotary Club and his church.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cambridge and a longtime member of Rotary.

Mr. Amos was survived by his wife of 67 years, Hannah Margaret (McCleary Hutchison) Amos; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah Elizabeth (Amos) and Steven L. Ball of Columbus; a sister, Mary Elizabeth (Amos) Lohman of Hudson; a son-in-law, Michael E. Riordan; four grandchildren, Amos Riordan and wife Paula, John Michael Riordan and Hannah Margaret Riordan of Natural Dam, Ark., and Katherine Ann Ball of Columbus; two great-grandchildren, Katie Riordan and Zachary Riordan (Amos and Paula Riordan); nephews, Dr. Robert Amos Lohman of Ravenna, Dr. Lawrence Edward Lohman of Hudson, Robert William Amos of Melbourne, Fla., John William Amos II of California, Robert Henry Amos of Alaska and Charles Davies Amos of Colorado; numerous grandnephews and grandnieces.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Henry Davies Amos and John William Amos; and daughter, Margaret Ann Amos Riordan.

All honor to his name.

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