“I can remember photos in the Dayton Daily News in the 1980s with him standing next to reels and reels of tapes, and saying, ‘Look, James, we can now access this from computers around the world,’ ” the younger O’Hara recalled of his father.
Robert O’Hara was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Philadelphia. At 17, he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy.
He was active in the Dayton community, serving on many boards and committees including the Dayton Art Institute Associate Board for which he co-chaired the Art Institute’s Oktoberfest with his wife, Barbara Nichols O’Hara.
His son said he could often be found at the Wright Library in Oakwood on Saturday, returning no fewer than 10 books and checking out another 10, which he would read in a week’s time.
“He was surrounded by history books, which he loved,” James O’Hara said.
Mr. O’Hara, who died at Bethany Village in Centerville, also is survived by daughter Ani O’Hara of Seattle, and sons Rick, Mark and Brian O’Hara, all of Georgia.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood.
Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2390 or tgnau @DaytonDailyNews.com.