Mayor, Alice

Written by David Green.

Alice (Riley) Mayor, 83, of Stow, Ohio, died Feb. 1, 2006 at the Akron General Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Seneca Township, Mich., the daughter of James and Grace (Fox) Riley. She married Roland Mayor on June 12, 1948 in Franklin, N.H., and he survives.

Alice grew up on a farm in Sand Creek, Mich. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1945 with a degree in home economics and chemistry, and graduated from Purdue in 1948 with a master’s degree in chemistry. She taught chemistry at Purdue, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island and University of Akron, as well as at several local Akron high schools.

Alice was one of nine recipients of the National Chemistry Teacher of the Year award in 1996. She served as chairman of the education committee for the American Chemical Society for several years.

After Alice retired from teaching, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Akron. She then worked as a C.P.A. at Touche Ross and several local Akron area businesses.

Besides her husband, Alice is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Hess of Alliance, Ohio; two sons, William Riley (and Helen) Mayor of Akron and Thomas (and Margaret) Mayor of  Hudson, Ohio, and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John “Kermit” Riley and Russell “Clare” Riley.

Funeral services were Feb. 4 at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with William Riley Mayor officiating. Burial was in Porter Packard Cemetery, east of Seneca. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee County or Walsh Jesuit High School.

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