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.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lawrence "Larry" D. Hiner, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
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.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home’s website at denbowfh.com.
Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.