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Wallace C. Giffen


Wallace “Wally” Cameron Giffen, age 82, died September 4, 2018 in Westerville, Ohio.  He was born in Washington, PA on April 24, 1936.  Wally is survived by his wife, Sarah; son, Malcolm; daughter, Rev. Heather Giffen; sisters, Dr. Lois(Ragáe) Makar and Lynette; cousins, a host of nieces and nephews, extended family, many friends and colleagues.  He is preceded in death by his former wife, Leslie A. Williams; parents, Rev. Harold and Alice Nelson Giffen; and brother-in-law, Rev. Dr. Richard McConnell.  Wally received his first degree from Westminster College, Class of 1958, where he was also a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau.  He was a missionary with the United Presbyterian Church in Pakistan for three years and after received his PhD in Physics in Syracuse, NY.  He taught Physics at Wittenberg University.  He worked for Medical Instrumentation, Inc. in Springfield, OH, Ohio Hospital Association in Columbus, OH and OSU for 26 years serving as Energy Programs Manager & Director of Utilities.  Wally served on the Sewer & Water Board of Columbus for 15 years and was recognized for providing “leadership, diligence and a collaborative spirit.”  He was active on Amateur Radio with the call sign of W8IYE and volunteered in many local events and was active in ARES.  Wally was an active member of First Congregational Church serving as Chairman of the House & Grounds Committee, Treasurer, Trustee and other committees.  A service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.  Please make contributions in his memory to:  First Congregational Church, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation of Ohio, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr., Suite 265, Columbus, OH 43231 and/or Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd., Suite 210, Columbus, OH 43229.  Visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave his family an online condolence.

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  • Ron Sharpe says:

    Wally was one of my best mentors on campus with always positive outlook and comments. A definite leader with a quiet demeanor. He will be missed by all.

  • Dave Padula says:

    I worked with Wally when he was a manager in Utilities at OSU. He was a person I always admired, and he gave advice with a great wisdom. He truly will be missed.

  • Tracy Willcoxon says:

    A great teacher, mentor, and friend. He was a remarkable man so gifted in many areas, yet such a humble man. He will be missed. Thank you Wally. God Bless you and your family.

  • James Stevenson says:

    Sorry for the loss. I am there, need help call me to discuss and help out

  • Mike Leyshon says:

    I was sorry to hear of Wally’s passing.
    I am retired from OSU purchasing and worked with Wally on natural gas contracts.
    He was always a pro, courteous, kind, helpful in our woking on RFQ’s for gas contracts and as a great human being .
    My deepest sympathies.
    Mike Leyshon

  • Bill Poteet says:

    Wally was one of the most competent, cooperative, gentlemanly and quietly effective leaders I have known in my 63 years in Columbus. As a Deputy Administrator in the Division of Water, and later as Assistant Administrator of the Division of Sewerage and Drainage, I interacted with him at the meetings of the Sewer and Water Advisory Board over more than a dozen years. Wally always represented Ohio State, the City’s largest single customer for both water and wastewater services, with truly uncommon grace and effectiveness. And, Wally always sought to fully understand the point of view of everyone at the table – you knew to a certainty that he understood that “we are all in this together”. All who knew him will miss him, his knowing smile, and his quiet respect for all. God bless you who were his family.

  • MaryAnne Orcutt says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Wally’s passing. He bought land for his cabin from my dad, and it was always fun to hear how his building project was coming along. My dad and mom respected Wally (and Sarah) so much, and enjoyed their company. Rest In Peace, Wally, and my condolences to Sarah and the family. Mary Anne Orcutt

  • Bo Zhang says:

    Wally and I used to walk around campus during our lunch breaks when we had offices across the hallway from each other. I really enjoyed the time then. I learnt so much from him from listening to his wisdom words and his knowledge about the campus. He was a great person and will be missed.

  • Gertrude Worley says:

    9/19/18
    Sarah, Buck and I send our deepest sympathies. We have great memories of Wally. I ran into your son Malcolm just this evening. We had a great chat about Wally and life in general. Great conversation! We send our Love to you! Take good care of yourself. Many blessings to your wonderful family!
    We all will see Wally again!

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