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Lawrence "Larry" D. Hiner

Saturday, October 5th, 1935 - Thursday, June 18th, 2020
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Lawrence D. Hiner, 84, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2020 at his home with a series of ailments. He spent the majority of his life as a professional musician and as a teacher and administrator in Television Production and Programming in the Radio/Television Department, Percussion Instructor in the Music Department and in the Development Department, all at Ashland College/University. He also taught percussion at Wooster College in the early 70’s.

He was born October 5, 1935, in Ashland, the son of Harold and Ethyle Hiner. He was raised and mentored by his loving and devoted mother along with his two siblings.

Larry was a 1953 graduate of Ashland High School and a 1957 graduate of Ashland College receiving an undergraduate degree in Music Education with an applied major in percussion. While a senior at Ashland College, he was employed at Hayesville High School as band director and, upon graduation, became the Instrumental and Choral Director at Fredericktown High School. In the fall of 1958, he became a member of the U.S. Army Field Band in Washington, D.C. for three years traveling throughout the world performing concerts. At the conclusion of his military enlistment in 1961, Larry began his studies toward a Master’s Degree in Television Production and Programming at the University of Iowa for one semester and then transferred his credits to The Ohio State University where he received his M.A. in December of 1963.

In January,1964, he moved to New York City and was employed by the National Broadcasting Company, first in the Advanced Planning Facilities Department and then the WNBC-TV Film Department. After six years at NBC, he was asked to return to Ashland College to assist in the formation of their new Radio/Television Department the fall of 1970 created by Richard Leidy. He served as Director of Television Production and Programming and teacher for twenty-five years after which time he then devoted his remaining three years at Ashland University in the Development Department. In 1998, upon retirement from Ashland University, he became General Manager of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for seven years.

His community involvement included: coordinator of the Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell concert series for fifteen years (1989-2003) during which time he spear headed the renovation of the shell including the replacement of the benches; Young Men’s Business Club; Presbyterian Church Deacon for two terms; past member and president of the Ashland Kiwanis Club; Married Couples Dance Club; Big Bands and All That Jazz Society; past member of the Ashland Balloon Fest committees; and past member of the Johnny Appleseed committees.

Professionally, he was a member of the American Federation of Musicians since 1952; American Symphony Orchestra League; National Association for Educational Broadcasters; National Academy of Arts & Sciences; Broadcast Educators Association; and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters. Larry was a past percussionist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra; the Ashland Symphony Orchestra; and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. Also, throughout his professional playing years, he performed with many different small and large jazz bands, concert bands, show bands, Dixieland bands and 50's rock groups. His percussion instructors included Speros Karas; Alan Abel; Cloyd Duff, timpanist with the Cleveland Symphony; and William Long, timpanist with the Akron Symphony.

He received the Ashland University Mentor Award in 1987, designed to honor faculty whose academic leadership with students extended beyond the classroom. Mentor Award winners are nominated by students. He also was honored in 1993 by the National Academy of Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles to be one of eighteen nationally chosen as a delegate to a weeklong faculty seminar in Hollywood, California. In 1999, he received the President’s Award from the American Federation of Musicians, Local 159.

His hobbies and interests included a love to travel, big band jazz and classical music, giving drum lessons, collecting antiques, golf, landscaping, photography, memberships with civic organizations and reading.

He was devoted and loved his family and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Catherine, whom he met while playing drums on an ocean liner in the summer of 1962; one son, Eric A. (Melissa) Hiner; one daughter, Kirsten A. (Scott) Carpenter; two grandchildren, Rowan and Phoebe Hiner; one brother, Dennis B. (Ruth Ann); one sister, Anita “Susie” L. (Duane) Brown; plus many nieces and nephews. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenneth.

A celebration of life will be held in October with more details to follow. Interment will be in Ashland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in his memory be made to the existing Lawrence D. Hiner R/TV Scholarship Fund at Ashland University or to the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.

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Rick Bodge

Posted at 03:11pm
So sad to hear of Larry's passing. I have so many happy memories working with Larry in the AC TV dept. I learned so much - he was a great teacher and friend. I was happy we were able to keep in touch all these years.
Rick Bodge - AU, 1972

Steven Helsing

Posted at 12:38pm
So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a great influence on so many people, including me, and in particular I'll miss his e-mail updates of the doings of former Ashland RTV students. He encouraged me to make a regular one season program out of my TV Production final project, and while I ended up being a Radio guy for the first 20 years of my career, his influence carried over that much later when I began 17 years in the TV industry. A great man who will be missed.

Gregory Busby

Posted at 09:57am
Cathy, Eric and Kirsten.
My thoughts and prayers are with you upon Larry's passing. He was much more than a television production instructor. He was someone who took interest in me and many others as people beyond the studio. I appreciated his sense of humor whenever I mispronounced Peugeot on purpose. Also, no one could call me "Buzz" the special way he could. I appreciate his open door policy in his office whenever I wanted to talk. It was a joy to have that policy continue in your home, as well as years after Ashland when I worked in sales for WDBN in Ashland County. Thanks for those memories over the years, as well as being a guinea pig for Cathy at Tri-C's dental school. God bless you for sharing Larry with so many of us over the years. May the peace of our Lord keep you all as He is keeping our beloved Larry.

Greg Busby
Charlotte, North Carolina

Bill Waterman

Posted at 09:35pm
Even though I was a radio guy, my classes and experiences with Larry were special. When he critiqued your camera work or your 30 minute final project/production he was always honest and constructive. He seemed to have this inner peace in the middle of a frantic schedule and equipment issues- I'll never forget anchoring the 6pm news when a freshmen camera operator trucked left- all the way left-and crashed that big monster camera and tripod right onto its side on the studio floor. Who got to make that call to Larry? Oh boy! In later years I appreciated Larry's email missives to the group with interesting stories- keeping us connected as he always had. God bless you Larry Hiner. And rest in peace. Bill Waterman 1978

Randy Waters

Posted at 04:28pm
Larry was much more than a teacher. Mentor, friend, career counselor, a person whose commercial experience was invaluable to his students. When Larry told us something we knew he had lived out there in the real world. He is a part of some of my fondest memories of the Radio and TV department.
Randy Waters, AU 1973

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