A longtime Marietta College professor was remembered Friday as a passionate and dedicated educator.
Jack E. Prince, 92, of Williamstown passed away Thursday at Heartland of Marietta after fighting with an illness for several months.
Prince, a World War II veteran, started teaching at Marietta College in 1954 and was a beloved figure in the college's history for the 31 years he taught at the institution and during the time he served as an Emeritus Professor of Economics, Management and Accounting. Prince was also appointed the director of the college's Evening School shortly after his arrival and served in that role for 15 years.
Evening School was an adult educational program that had faced stifled growth, but under Prince's guidance enrollment eventually doubled, according to a release from the college.
In 1985, Prince retired from Marietta College but continued to stay in touch with the lives he touched during his time teaching.
"He dedicated his life to his students, seven days a week, 24 hours a day," said Sam Badgley, 50, a Williamstown resident and former neighbor to Prince. "He used to receive stacks of letters from his former students and he loved reading them all."
As much as he loved teaching his students, they loved learning from him.
"He was my mentor and my best friend," said Badgley. "I spent many nights on his back porch talking with him and trying to dig into his wisdom."
It was this type of dedication towards helping others that made him so popular with his students.
The level that Prince was beloved was demonstrated in 2007 when a former student Eric Dobkin and his wife Barbara, donated $2 million toward the construction of the college's new library. This donation lead to the creation of the Jack E. and Betty O. Prince forum meant to honor Prince and his wife Betty.
"That type of a donation shows that the time he spent with his students was recognized and appreciated," said his son Charles Prince, 62, of Granville. "My father was not one for a lot of personal attention, but he was very pleased with the honor that Eric bestowed upon him."
Prince said he hopes his father's passion for teaching has inspired many of his students to continue his legacy.
"Dad had no interest in publishing books or doing research," said Prince. "He was totally committed to helping others. Hopefully that encouraged others to do the same."
A memorial service will be planned at a later date. His family asks that any donations be made to the Jack Prince Academic Merit Scholarship, c/o Linda Stroh at Marietta College, 215 Fifth St., Marietta 45750.
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