Dewey H. Stollar, 86, of Waterford, Ohio, passed away on Thursday (July 4, 2013) following surgery. He was born July 7, 1926, in Watertown, Ohio, to the late Charles Earl and Agnes Anna Mercer Stollar. He graduated from Waterford School while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. He received a B.S. in agriculture from The Ohio State University, 1951; M.A. of Education from Ohio University, 1956; and Ph.D. of Philosophy from The Ohio State University, 1963.
Dewey dedicated his life to education, beginning his teaching career at Vincent High School, 1951 to 1956 as vocational agriculture teacher, followed by Principal at Fort Frye High School, 1956 to 1960. While working on his Ph.D. he was Personnel Cost Analyst at Ohio State. He moved to Tennessee in 1963 and served as head of the Department of Educational Leadership at University of Tennessee College of Education, retiring in 1986. Professor Stollar was nationally recognized for his seminal work in public school finance and education law and has published widely in these fields. He served as consultant to school systems in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Delaware and participated in statewide studies of education in six states. Three years after his retirement he was called back to the University of Tennessee to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award and to become one of only 49 educators chosen for this honor in the history of the university. The John C. Hodges Library, located at the University in Knoxville, has a study area used by graduate students that bears his name. He was executive secretary for six years for the American Finance Association, executive secretary of the Tennessee Association of School Business Officials and served as Director for the Tennessee School Boards Association. He received the Cope Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Education in 1983 and 1984 and the Tunstall Outstanding Professor Award in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Wentz Luke Stollar; step-sons, Richard Wentz (Diann), Donald Luke (Sharon); step-daughter, Myra Reich (Vernon); brother-in-law, Wayne Harra; nephews, Edward Harra (Brenda), Barry Stollar (Patsy); niece, Connie Stollar Prater. Also surviving are six step-grandchildren, 13 step-great-grandchildren, four grandnephews and two grandnieces.
Dewey was proceeded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lois Jean Keiger; sister, Doris Harra, half-brother, Wilbur Stollar; and half-sister, Delores; and niece, Carol Heffren.
He was a member of Sixth & Washington Streets Church of Christ in Marietta. Also a lifetime member of Ohio Retired Teachers Association, F&AM Masonic Lodge Mt. Moriah #37, American Union Chapter #1, Marietta Council #78, Marietta Commandery #50, Valley of Cambridge Scottish Rite 32 degree Mason, Nemesis Shrine, and American Legion Post #0389.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013, at the 6th & Washington Streets Church of Christ, Marietta, with Roger Rush and Randy Baker officiating. Burial to follow in Watertown Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel, 1021 Pike St., Marietta. A Masonic Service will be held at 8 p.m. Online Condolences may be made at www.hadleyfh.com.