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Larry Allen Sachs

January 21, 1944 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Larry Sachs Obituary

Larry Allen Sachs, age 79, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. A current resident of South Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Larry was born January 21, 1944, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was preceded in death by his parents James Odis and Mary Margaret (Ruegamer) Sachs and brother-in-law John Potter.

A graduate of Howe High School in Indianapolis, Larry was Senior Class President, captain of the cross-country team, a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholarship finalist.  Larry attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, graduating with joint degrees in Math and Education from both Rose-Hulman and Indiana State University.  While at Rose-Hulman, he was a driving force in establishing the school’s inaugural cross-country team.  Larry was also a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, and R-Man’s Club, the Athletic Letterman’s Club.

Larry began his teaching career teaching high school math in Chicago. He earned his Masters degree at the University of Arkansas and decided to pursue a doctorate in Mathematics Education with an emphasis on research design, analysis and evaluation at The Ohio State University.  He joined the Division of Research Design and Evaluation in Medical Education (DREME) at The Ohio State University in 1975.   His contributions to Medical Education covered all aspects of academia:  research, service, administration, and teaching. On a national level, he was instrumental in establishing Generalists in Medical Eduction, a national Medical Education organization and serving as Statistical Consultant for the American Journal of Gynecology.  Larry was promoted to Assistant Director of DREME and subsequently to Associate Director of the School of Allied Medical Professionals.

As Associate Director of the School of Allied Medical Professions for over 10 years, Larry provided key administrative and research support to over 60 faculty and hundreds of students in 10 health professions academic programs.  Many students and faculty owe Larry a huge debt of gratitude for the calm, unselfish support and advice he provided as research projects and theses were completed.  He will also be remembered by some for his good-natured pranks, particularly the skeleton dressed in various attire that occasionally appeared around the school!

A loyal Buckeye, Larry retired after 30 years of service from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and School of Allied Medical Professions.

Larry also met his wife of 46 years Nancy (Higgins) while at Ohio State. Larry is survived by his wife Nancy, his three children John Sachs, Lisa Klingbeil (Brian), and Matt Sachs (Katie), four grandchildren (Addie, Holly, Annie, Otis), and his sister Karen Potter (John) and brother Steven Sachs (Nancy).

He was always willing to coach baseball and basketball teams. In his retirement he was active for many years in the Sea Turtle Patrol program in St. John’s County, Florida, Habitat for Humanity, and building wheelchair ramps for clients of the St. John’s County Council on Aging. He will be remembered as always looking for a project to work on, especially helping with yardwork or landscaping. A private celebration of Larry’s life is planned for a future date. Larry's services have been entrusted to Lynch Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services. 124 E High St, London, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, Larry's family would greatly appreciate a donation, in Larry's name, to St. John's County Council on Aging for their Handicap Ramp Program at www.coasjc.org, and click on DONATE NOW.

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