In early 2007 Worth Fauver wrote the following biographical sketch for inclusion in this 50th Reunion Classbook:
“Unlike most of my classmates, I currently reside approximately 10 houses from the home in which my parents resided at the time of my birth. Many of my childhood friends reside nearby, and all of my children and grandchildren live within 45 minutes of my wife, Holly, and me.
“My return visits to Amherst have been limited to our 10th and 25th reunions and two brief stops while traveling through New England.
“My most pleasant memories of my college days relate to the student interactions, while other memories have been buried except for an occasional nightmare. One vivid memory involves a brief conference with Dean Gene on the subject of possible graduate school applications. He politely advised me that I might do Amherst College a favor by not applying to any graduate program.
“In retrospect, his suggestion was most likely correct. Three years later, I matriculated at Western Reserve University Law School, at last ready to pursue a professional career. A brief stint in the military after college had convinced me that there were other honorable professions. In law school I served as an editor of the law review and performed admirably academically. “Thank you, Dean Gene!”
“I was engaged in the private practice of law for 42 years, retiring September 2005. At that time, I had attained ‘frequent flier status’ at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. At the present time, I am sporting a bovine aortic valve and various stents and bypasses. Daily walks of a couple of miles are helpful for mental and physical wellbeing.
“Holly and I are fortunate to be able to winter in southwest Florida and for the past few years have spent time with Walt and Carol Diggs, who live in the area. Walt and I share computer and electronics illiteracy, disdain for professional advertising and love for our families. Both couples were married June 30, 1962, and will celebrate 45 years of marriage on that date 2007.
“Holly and I have traveled and have both contributed to our community with service in various functions. It is very rewarding and helpful in a community that has been decimated by the loss of its industrial base. We have five grandchildren, ages 10 years to three months, who are a big part of our daily lives. Fishing, wildlife and amateur photography fill out my time not spent with Holly and grandchildren.
“I look forward to renewing friendships in 2008.”
Worth’s death soon after writing these words is especially poignant. As Walt Diggs has pointed out, Worth’s life was anchored by the values of family and community. Except for six years in boarding school and college, he spent his entire life in Elyria, Ohio. Glenn Dorr most remembers that Worth took great pride in the tradition of many generations of Fauvers (including his own children) remaining near Elyria. Worth was nicknamed “Brub” because his younger sister was unable to pronounce “brother,” which led Walt to say that this “Normal Rockwell picture” accurately portrays the man.
“His optimism, humor and courage,” wrote Walt, “enabled him to pursue a successful law career, contribute to his community, help Holly raise three children (Andrew, Melissa and Laura) and endear him to five grandchildren, all while battling cardiovascular disease for 25 years.” He was easy-going and fun-loving in college, where he was co-rushing chairman at Beta Theta Pi. Andy and Holly remember that he continued being “a bit of a party boy” throughout adult life. He was also fashionable, preppy and cool, possessing to the end all the qualities of a gentleman.
Worth Alfred Fauver Jr. died May 19, 2007, in Cleveland from complications following cardiovascular surgery.