John Bowman Hurst. John passed away Saturday February 22nd, at his home in Hiram, Ohio after a short illness. He was born March 20, 1934 to Margaret Bowman and Norman Hurst. John graduated from Chagrin Falls High School in 1952 and Hiram College in 1956, and he earned a Master of Arts Degree in education from Kent State University.
In the late 1950's, John served for two years in the Army and was stationed at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland. He spent three summers in Montana under a National Science Foundation Grant studying Mayflies and Fungi at Flathead Lake. John was a Biology Teacher for 38 years, primarily at Chagrin Falls High School where he also served as Track and Cross Country coach. From 1963 to 1971, he led the Boy's Cross Country team to 7 of 9 conference titles and the 1970 State Runner Up, and in 1971 he coached the team to the first State Championship in Chagrin Falls High School history. In 1995, he was inducted into the Chagrin Falls High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
In his retirement, he was a substitute teacher, a track official, worked on committees to pass local school levies, served on the Hiram College Friends of the Library Board and was an Election Poll Worker. John was an avid gardener his whole life and in his later life spent hours pouring through seed catalogs, ordering new and unusual vegetable and flower varieties, and eventually selling plants from his front yard.
Known throughout the Chagrin Falls community as 'Coach,' he will be remembered for his colorful lectures, enthusiastic approach to education and his insistence that every student feel included.
John is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lillian, and son, John, both of Hiram; daughter, Margaret of Switzerland; sister, Karen Johns and her husband Lee Johns. His neice, Heidi Asplin (Tom) and their children, Charlie and Will and nephew, Bo Johns (Leah) and their children, Carter and Zach and Sister-in-Law, Mary Lou Bierce.
The Family Will Receive Friends Thursday February 27, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home 95 S. Franklin St. Chagrin Falls, OH. www.stroudlawrence.com A Memorial Service Will Be Held at 3 P.M. Friday February 28, 2014 at The United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls 20 S. Franklin St. Chagrin Falls, OH.