Some people continue to impact their communities through their generosity, even when they are no longer with us. This is certainly the case for Dr. Bruce R. Paxton (March 19, 1938 – January 24, 2009) and Aline Paxton (February 21, 1939 – July 30, 2015), whose legacies are felt in southeast Ohio on a daily basis.
The libraries are grateful for a 2015 donation given by the late Dr. Paxton, which will allow programming and other library services to expand, strengthening our communities and giving back to the people of Athens County.
For more than four decades, the Paxtons contributed to the Athens, Ohio professional and nonprofit communities and are fondly remembered for their integrity, kindness and devotion as co-workers, parents and friends.
Aline Paxton, an avid reader and volunteer, belonged to un-countable bridge clubs in retirement and was an enthusiastic bird-watcher. During her career, she also founded and managed Putnam Square Apartments in Athens.
After attending Ohio State University and serving as an anatomic pathologist in the Air Force, Dr. Paxton co-founded Eye Physicians & Surgeons. During his long career in Southeast Ohio, he served as president of the Ohio Ophthalmologic Society, president of the Athens Rotary Club, a clinical assistant professor at OSU, and as chief of staff at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital.
The entire library system will feel the impact of Dr. Paxton’s generosity for many years to come!