RICHARD A. GOZUR, SR.
Class of 1970
Richard A. Gozur, Sr, class of 1970, is most definitely the consummate Red Devil! Rick is well known for his lifelong support of our city. He has been, and continues to be, highly involved in every facet of our Campbell community, serving in the educational, religious and government arenas.
Rick was born to Michael and Mary Gozur on June 2, 1952 , the youngest of three sons. His brother, Ken, graduated in 1960, and brother, Dave, graduated in 1965. While attending high school, Rick’s brothers were very involved in athletics; subsequently, Rick followed their lead, earning 11 varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football. In addition to his athletic prowess, Rick participated in a vast array of extracurricular activities, serving as an officer in many organizations.
After graduation, Rick pursued a career in the teaching field. He furthered his studies at Youngstown State University, receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and administration..
In 1976, Rick became a teacher at Reed Middle School, beginning a life-long career in public education. He soon relocated to Campbell Memorial High School where he remained in the classroom for 17 years, overseeing the teaching areas of Social Studies and OWA. Rick returned to athletics for numerous years, coaching the Red Devils in basketball and football, and the Lady Devils in basketball, softball and tennis. In seasons he did not coach, Rick was likely to be found officiating various youth sports across the Mahoning Valley.
In 1993, Rick became the principal at Campbell Memorial High School, a position he held until his 2010 retirement. In 2003, he helped transition Memorial High School into a new school building and renovated athletic facilities. His fondest recollection is having the privilege of personally awarding three specific graduation diplomas: one to each of his sons, Rick Jr. (CMHS ’00) and Stan (CMHS ’05); and, one to his father, a World War II veteran, via the Veterans Diplomas Act.
During his long tenure as a teacher, coach and administrator, Rick was a steadfast leader and driving force for our children, bringing many charitable events to fruition. Anonymously donating time, money and expertise, Rick was always the person working behind the scenes to secure the success of any project or event that would further enhance the lives of our Campbell kids. Only a few people are aware of his unselfish generosity; but, the joy he has given to so many is his true reward.
Since 2012, Rick has served as an elected member of the Campbell City Schools Board of Education, which recently broke ground for the highly anticipated Community Literacy Workforce Cultural Center (CLWCC), a multi-use expansion to the current Elementary/Middle School campus, which will put Campbell City Schools at the forefront of cutting edge education for STEM students across the state of Ohio, and also provide library services , health care facilities and much more. Working with Supt. Matt Bowen and his fellow board members, Rick has played an integral role in the development of this center and considers it to be one of his greatest contributions as a board member and a citizen of Campbell.
Beyond public education, Rick was the youngest official ever elected in the city of Campbell, holding the offices of councilman and council vice president from 1974 to 1987. Throughout the years, Rick has committed countless hours to youth recreation, notably volunteering as a coach and officer to Campbell Little League, serving as a member and president of the Campbell Gridiron Club, and as an officer during the founding of the Campbell Little Red Devils football organization. He is also a lifelong member and choir member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church.
In 1979, Rick married Judy Snitzer (CMHS ’76). They have two sons, Rick Jr. (Holly Franceschelli) and Stan (Marielena DeFelice), and four grandchildren: Rick III, Grady, Michael and Elizaveta. Rick and Judy eagerly anticipate the arrival of their fifth grandchild as Stan and Marielena will welcome their third child in August. Of his many accomplishments, Rick is most proud of his family.
When our alumni association was founded, Rick immediately offered his support and found an office space in the high school to house our fledgling association. He also served as first vice president of our organization and provided valuable insight that led to its growth. Furthermore, Rick assisted in the establishment of the Michael R.”Mickey” Soroka Charitable Foundation, formed in honor of his friend and colleague.
It is evident that Richard A. Gozur, Sr. is an outstanding individual who has dedicated his life to others, especially Campbell’s youth. In the classroom, in the board office and in the game of life, everyone wants to be on Rick’s team! For these and a myriad of other reasons, the Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association takes great pride in inducting Rick Gozur, Sr. into 2019 Campbell Memorial High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.