William Robert Gump


May 23, 1928 - August 9, 2014

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William Robert Gump passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014, in Oxford, Ohio at the age of 86. He was born in Shelby, Ohio to Louise (Kerr) and Francis L. Gump and was known to all as “Bob”. Bob graduated from Denison University (B.A.), the University of Michigan Law School (LL.B.), and the Ohio State University (M.A. and Ph.D.). He joined the Miami University Department of Political Science in 1962 where he taught American National, State, and Local politics, Environmental politics, as well as Administrative Law. Bob found great joy in teaching and advising his students and took pride in their professional achievements. He was a member of the Ohio Bar Association and Professor Emeritus of Miami University. A strong believer in giving back to his community, Bob served on the Oxford Board of Zoning Appeals, as Chair of the Oxford Planning Commission, and on the Board of Trustees of McCullough Hyde Hospital. On campus, he served on many university committees, finding his work as Chair of the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee especially gratifying. He was an elected representative to the Faculty Advisory Committee to the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents from 1972-1983. Bob enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, particularly to the National Parks and Civil War battlefields, and spending time at his second home in the Smoky Mountains. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man with a keen sense of humor, love of classical music and a lifelong scholar who delighted in sharing his knowledge with his children, grandchildren and students. Bob is survived by his cherished wife of 57 years, Patricia; sons David (Tammy) and Timothy (Laura) Gump and daughter Laurie (Jorge) Melson, as well as grandchildren Christopher, Matthew, Aiden, and Sophia Gump, and Daniel and William Melson; a brother David F (Sue) Gump; nephew David S. Gump; and niece, Constance Anderton. A sister, Nancy Anderton, predeceased him. A private memorial service will be held by his family. Memorial donations may be made to the McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital Endowment, the Miami University Art Museum, or a charity of the donor’s choice. The family thanks the staff of Woodland Country Manor for their loving care during the past five years. Condolences may be sent online to www.oglepaulyoungfuneralhome.com