Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER “ William Lee Culp, 95, of Wooster passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 at the West View Manor Nursing Home. Born, August 7, 1917 in Steelton, WV, Lee was third, among the four sons, of the late George C. and Lydia Ann (Miskimins) Culp. He was married for 58 years to Kathryn Elaine Smith of Mogadore, Ohio. Kathryn, œKay , passed away June 7, 2001. Growing up in New Martinsville, WV, Lee began considering The College of Wooster after meeting the Reverend Frederick W. Cropp, COW class of ™26, while attending a summer camp in Wheeling, WV. A favorite high school teacher encouraged the choice, as well. At Wooster, Lee majored in physics and math. New found skills in mechanical drawing earned him œthe only œA  I ever got at Wooster.  In addition to that œA  was a commission from Professor Karl Ver Steeg to draw a campus map – used by the college for many years thereafter. In 1941, Lee enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps directly out of college; commissioned a second lieutenant after basic and specialized training, he was deployed to the South Pacific. A communications officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Lee served on Guadalcanal and Okinawa where he was awarded both the Silver and Bronze Star – rising to the rank of major, by war ™s end. During a stateside assignment between tours in the Pacific, Lee and Kathryn Smith were married by then President Charles F. Wishart of The College of Wooster. Recalled to active duty in 1952, he served an additional 14 months during the Korean War, returning home a lieutenant colonel. Starting in his student days as president of the class of 1941, Lee served The College of Wooster in many capacities. Roles included; director of admissions (1947-1955), alumni trustee (1958-1964), director of development (1963-1969), and registrar (1969-1985). Retiring from The College of Wooster in 1985, having served three college presidents, Lee was later awarded one of the three annual Distinguished Alumni Awards in June 2004.   The campus map was only one of several subtle marks Lee left on the college. Others include a sketched design for the first study carrels in Andrews Library – this done on the back of a placemat over dinner at The Wooster Inn with Howard Lowry. Lee championed the resurrection of a severely damaged bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln from an ignominious dust heap in the bowels of the œold  football stadium. All credit for the extensive repair work goes to the artistry of the late J. Stewart Simons, COW class of 1970. Perhaps his most indelible mark, however, is the humble Tootsie Roll. As registrar, Lee thought students should receive something a bit more celebratory than just a receipt for turning in their I.S. So, he began handing out a piece of candy to each senior. One year, the women in the office found they could get a good price on Tootsie Rolls in bulk. œSo they should get the credit,  Lee said. That tradition with many embellishments continues today. Asked which of his jobs at Wooster he liked best, he answered without hesitation: œRegistrar, because I got to see more students.  A member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for over 40 years, he served as Elder, sat on numerous committees, not to mention his favorite task, that of an usher. His tenure as secretary of the Wooster Rotary Club for 35 years, a record unlikely ever to be approached (much less equaled) was one of devotion. So much was his service appreciated, that on June 12, 2001, the Rotary Club of Wooster honored him by announcing creation of the W. Lee Culp Scholarship honoring his œcommitment and dedication  to the Rotary Club of Wooster. In addition, both he and wife Kathryn were recipients of the Paul Harris Fellow award. Lee is survived by his children Joel Culp of Denver, Colorado and Cheryl (Tim) Dixon of Shreve; 2 grandchildren, James G. Culp of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Rachel K. Culp of Kent Ohio, and a step-grandchild, Megan T. Dixon of Prescott, Arizona. In addition to his wife, Lee was preceded by his parents, a son, William Lee Culp, Jr., a daughter-in-law, Meredith (Menk) Culp and brothers Ernest Eugene, John M. and Rev. George C. Culp, Jr. A memorial service will be held at a later date. McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, is assisting the family.   The family wishes to thank many staff of West View Manor for their exceptional care for Lee over the last three years. Those who wish may make contributions in Lee ™s name to The College of Wooster, Westminster Presbyterian Church, or the Wooster Rotary Club.  

Memorial Contributions
The College of Wooster, Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Wooster Rotary Club

Memorial service at a later date



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