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Thomas Richard Danford

July 2, 1947 - May 3, 2017

Thomas Richard Danford, 69, of Bellaire, Ohio died on Wednesday May 3, 2017 at Wheeling Hospital.

He was born July 2, 1947 a son of the late Richard and Mary Eileen (Kraft) Danford in Wheeling, WV.

He graduated from Bellaire High School in 1965, the Ohio State University with  BS in Microbiology in 1969 and with a MS in Microbiology in 1970. He also earned an ABD in medical microbiology from West Virginia University in 1989.

Thomas was employed at West Virginia Northern Community College from 1977 until his retirement in 2011. During that time, he earned a full professorship, served as Chairman of Science, Math and Technology division, was the Institutional Assessment coordinator and was active in the faculty senate.

He represented Northern faculty at the state level, even being a member of the WV Board of Directors of the State College System. He also served on the WVNCC Board of Governors for eight years. He was an active member of the AIDS Task Force of the Upper Ohio Valley from its inception in 1987 until the present. Over the years he served in many capacities, but mainly as the secretary/treasurer. Recently he had become a trustee of the Bellaire Public Library.

He was an avid bridge player, earning bronze life master status with the American Contract Bridge League and was an active participant in unit 148.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister Patricia Armstrong of Bellaire and Ohio two nieces, Jennifer (Kirk) Smolenak of St. Clairsville, OH and Nan (Mike) Croy of Mars, PA. In addition he is survived by his great nieces and nephew, Gabrielle and Shane Smolenak and Hannah and Madeline Croy as well as many dear friends around the world.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Sunday May 21, 2017 at the Bellaire First United Methodist Church from 3pm until time of service at 4 pm with Pastor Phil Bliss officiating.

Final disposition will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441, 37th street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Aids Task Force of the Upper Ohio Valley or to the Bellaire Public Library by going to “”.

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Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


First United Methodist Church

3404 Guernsey Street
Bellaire, OH 43906

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