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In Memoriam - Dan Garrison

Submitted by Frances Whited,

GarrisonDan Garrison, ATI's second director, passed away April 3 at the age of 89.

Garrison served as Ohio State ATI's director from 1979 until his retirement in 1992, but he was part of ATI from its very beginnings, serving as assistant director to Dr. Jerry Halterman when ATI opened its doors in 1972. Garrison, a native of Blanchester, Ohio, came to Ohio State ATI from Clark Technical College (now Clark State Community College) in Springfield.

During his tenure at Ohio State ATI, he saw the construction of ATI's two main academic buildings, Halterman and Skou Halls, then known simply as Phase I and Phase II. Prior to the opening of the Phase I building, classes were held on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. One of the monumental tasks that was in Garrison's list of responsibilities was the construction of the master schedule. Garrison's wife, Betty, who survives him, recalled that he tackled the job using a large corkboard and numerous small pieces of paper.

Garrison's tenure as director included the period where Ohio State ATI had no campus housing for students. "Students lived in the community," he said in an interview in 2015, "and we never had a bit of trouble with any of them. They were good kids."

Midway through his tenure as director, the 1981-82 annual report prepared by Garrison notes a number of accomplishments, including the establishment of a disability services program, purchase of 10 Radio Shack computers to establish a computer lab, and manufacturing 7 million board feet of lumber in ATI's sawmill.

While Garrison oversaw many, many changes within Ohio State ATI during his 20 years of service, the one thing he maintains never changed was the quality of the students. "We had very good students," he said. "Students were there to learn and work. Their feet were on the ground and they had a serious purpose."

Condolence cards may be sent to 4677 Millbrook Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Read his obituary in The Daily Record