Robert E. Ward
Birth Date: March 7, 1937
Death Date: January 27, 2017
Dr. Robert E. Ward PhD, J.D. 79, of Middleburg Heights, Ohio died January 27, 2017. Dr. Ward was born in Cleveland Ohio, and was the son of Elsa M. (Leyerle) and Elmer F. Ward. He received his B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College, M.A. from Indiana University, J.D. from Akron University and PhD from Vanderbilt University. He was an associate professor of German and head of the foreign languages department at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, from 1967 until 1973. As of 1979 he was a self-employed attorney at law in Cleveland Ohio, and an adjunct professor of business administration at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He was the founding father and president of the Society for German-American Studies from 1968 to 1979 and in 1979 was president of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History. Dr. Ward was a member of Palatines to America Society as well as the Ohio, Cuyahoga County and Greater Cleveland bar associations. The Robert E. Ward collection at the Western Reserve Historical Society contains numerous works on German- American history and genealogy. In 1994, Dr. Ward was the recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany and a Congressional Honoree for his contributions to German-American culture and history. He was a prolific author writing numerous books in the field of German-American Studies as well as a world-renowned expert in German-American genealogy.
Additionally, Dr. Ward served as special counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio. He served for many years as an officer of the Federation of German-American Societies of Greater Cleveland and was active in other community affairs including the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Dr. Ward is survived by his devoted and beloved wife Sandra; Sister Marlene (Ward) and her husband Bob Badura; his children: Martin Beauchamp, Robert Ward Jr. and wife Janice, Heidi Ward, Kurt Ward, Duchess, Sal; and grandchildren Brian and Kevin Beauchamp.
Services will be held in private for the family’s benefit. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to his favorite cause:
The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs
PO Box 609054
Cleveland OH 44109