Resident Spotlight: Leon Ofchus, PhD

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 31st, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA, Spirit | No Comments

How did a boy from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania become a Doctor and get to retire at Dogwood Forest’s senior living community in Fayetteville, Ga?

Well, the story goes like this:

As a young boy I was always fascinated with reading, history and how the mind worked.  I knew I had to get to college, so with the help of my grandparents and working at the local gas station, (12 hrs on Saturday) money was saved.

After serving in World War II, the Battle of the Budge and being wounded in the Battle of Rhineland, I was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, European African Middle Eastern Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, Meritorious Unit award. Furthering my education was still top priority.

I finished East Stroudsburg University in three years with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and in addition two Master degrees in Physiology and Education.

My most proud moment was receiving my PhD in Physiology from Wayne State University and becoming a professor to teach others the same.

I get a kick out people saying “You’re Special” in a sarcastic way.

The great Einstein was “SPECIAL” because he moved to the beat of his own drum and those of us that think and do unlike the majority are doing the same, moving to our own sound and as for me my beat has made my life very enjoyable.

I have traveled to many countries and have seen much but being a father, grandfather, great- grandfather and retiring here at Dogwood Forest’s senior living community in Fayetteville, GA is like peanut butter & jelly – it just goes together.