Dr. Paul D. Van Zandt, 80, of Poland, Ohio, and formerly of Vandalia, died at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, his winter home in Carrollton, Ga., following a brief illness.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown on Wick Avenue, with Nick Mager officiating. Burial will be in Poland Cemetery. Visitation was to be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland. Memorials: First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown, Ohio, 44503, or First Presbyterian Church, 1701 Henry Road, Anniston, Ala., 36207.
Dr. Van Zandt was born on Dec. 29, 1927, in Vandalia, the son of Clem and Margaret Cockelreas Van Zandt.
He attended Vandalia schools and graduated from Vandalia High School. He attended the University of Illinois, where he marched in the U of I band. He earned a bachelors degree from Greenville College, a masters degree in zoology from the University of Illinois and a masters degree in science and public health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He also earned a doctorate of philosophy in parasitology from the University of North Carolina and completed one year of post-doctorate work at UNC. He was on the faculty at Youngstown State University in the biological sciences department for 30 years, serving as the department chairman for 21 years.
He was an accomplished musician and was the No. 1 snare drummer in the state of Illinois his senior year of high school. He played in several local dance bands in Illinois, and at supper clubs and for radio groups in North Carolina. He also traveled with a Big Band group in the Southwest before beginning his teaching careeer. He was a lover of music, particularly jazz, his entire life, and he owned every album published by famous jazz musician Stan Kenton.
He served with the Military Police in the Marine Corps, was in the Marine Corps Reserves and was a member of the Marine Corps League of Youngstown, Ohio.
He was a 48-year member of First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, where he served as a deacon and elder. For the past 16 years, He also attended the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston, Ala., during the winter months that he and his wife spent in the South.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sue Schutz Van Zandt; daughter, Jill and her husband Scott McBride; granddaughter, Molly McBride; brothers-in-law, Bill Schutz and his wife Eileen of Pekin, George Schutz of Des Moines, Wash.; six nieces; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and twin grandsons, Michael and Matthew McBride.