Richard Charles “Dick” Strub, retired Development Officer at the University of Memphis, joined his Savior in Heaven on December 7, 2018. He was 85.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 12 in the Chapel of Second Presbyterian Church. Visitation will follow in the Salmon Room. The burial in Memorial Park Cemetery is private.
Surviving are his wife, Catherine Barner “Kitty” Strub, whom he married on June 28, 1959; son, Scott Strub; daughter, Sarah “Sally” Mason (John); granddaughter, Catherine Mason, all of Memphis, Tennessee; and brother, David J. Strub of Ashland, Ohio.
Dick was born June 24, 1933 in Clinton, IA to the late Amel L. “Jack” Strub and Helen Grote Strub. The family moved to Union City, Tennessee in 1940 and he graduated in the exceptional Class of 1951 at Union City High School, where he was a Senior Superlative, yearbook and newspaper staffer, and member of the Beta Club, Journalism Club, and Gavel Guild.
He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (on a Tennessee Press Association Scholarship) and Martin-then earned degrees in Journalism (1958) and Educational Administration (1970) at Memphis State University where he was Sports Editor, then Editor of The Tiger Rag; 1958 Outstanding Journalism Graduate, DeSoto staffer and a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Dick was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving with the Adjutant General’s Corps.
His professional career included 16 years as a sports writer/editor, copy editor, reporter and editor-in-chief of large and small daily and weekly newspapers in Union City, Memphis, Humboldt, TN, Springfield, IL, Fulton, KY, and Columbus, OH; acting Development Director, Assistant Director/Research Director (17 years) at the University of Memphis; staffer (1 year) with Shelby United Neighbors (now United Way); Alumni Director/Assistant Development Director (8 years) at Christian Brothers College; and Employee Communications Manager (4 years) with Schering-Plough. After retirement, he authored histories on Highland Heights, Eudora, and Cherokee Baptist Churches, and the former Shelby Baptist Association.
Kitty and Dick have served God at Second Presbyterian Church since 1986 in the areas of evangelism, Christian education, new member/inquirers classes, visitor relations, and Sunday School community service. Both have been very active in reunion activities for their respective high schools and in the Republican Party. Mr. Strub was a former board member with Goodwill Homes for Children and Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.