A beloved Elder High School teacher died Tuesday, a little more than two weeks after he was injured in a hit-skip crash while volunteering at a community clean-up.
Mark Klusman, 74, died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. He had been at the hospital since the Dec, 9 crash.
Calling him a “beloved educator, friend, and devoted member of the Elder High School and Price Hill communities,” Elder High School posted photos and a remembrance of Klusman on its Facebook page Wednesday morning.
The Elder community responded to the post with an outpouring of praise for Klusman as a teacher and as an individual and with prayers for his family.
Elder’s post memorialized Klusman as someone with an “always-positive approach to life.” He was a 1961 graduate of Elder and taught computer science there in his 51st year of teaching at the high school.
Tom Otten, an assistant principal from 1971-1997, then principal through 2016, remembered Klusman as an unassuming teacher and friend of the community.
“I got to work with Mark for 48 years,” said Otten, who retired last year. “He was quite a guy. Not a showman.”
“He was always willing to be part of any effort that was going on,” from cross-country meets to community clean-ups, Otten said.
That commitment to his community and to students went on for years. Mike Moroski, Cincinnati Public school board member-elect, recalled meeting Klusman years ago to do rehabs in Over-the-Rhine with students of Moeller and Elder.
“I learned so much from him,” Moroski said.
Kayla Wilson, 23, who has been charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of failing to stop after an accident in the Dec. 9 crash.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but a spokeswoman said the office will be reviewing the case.
Wilson has never held a license to legally drive a vehicle in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
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