John P. Workman

March 21, 1931 ‒ September 17, 2007

Mount Vernon, Ohio

John P. Workman, age 76, of E. Ohio Avenue, Mount Vernon, died on Monday September 17, 2007 at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was born on March 21, 1931 in Mount Vernon to the late Dr. Irwin and Hulah (Phillips) Workman. He attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and in recent years had been a member of the Mount Vernon Players, Knox County Art League and Friends of the Library. John was an avid fan of the theater and orchestra and had his own collection of carved primitive wooden masks.

John graduated from Mount Vernon High School, and attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he obtained his B.A. in 1953. After spending two years in the U.S. Army, he returned to Case and obtained his M.A. in 1957. He furthered his education in theatrical arts by attending the Lester Polakov Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City in 1960-61, and the Theatre Management Training Program sponsored by ANTA New York in 1966. In 1968 John obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1968.

Following his graduation from the University of Illinois, John was actively involved in the production of numerous theatrical productions in New York City and environs. He later moved to the west coast where he was active in the Sacramento Civic Theatre. John also taught a variety of theatrical arts and related courses, at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky, and California State University, Chico, California. John also served as an American representative at the conference of German Stage Technicians in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1964, and was a guest of the Bureau of Cultural Installations in East Berlin, also in 1964. While in California he was also involved with the open unstructured classroom alternative in the Chico Unified School District.

John returned to Mount Vernon in 1980. He retired from the Mount Vernon Middle School in 2005 following 23 years of service.

He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years Zelda (Price) Workman, a son, Paul Workman of Walnut Creek, California, a daughter, Lisa Workman of New York, a sister, Mary Forsmark of Bunkers Harbor, Maine, a stepson, Quentin Snyder of Holly Ridge, North Carolina, a stepdaughter, Gianetta Hays, of Barrackville, West Virginia, five step-grandchildren, Corey, Asli, and Alexander Hays of Barrackville, West Virginia, Misty Duncan and Samantha Snyder of Butler, Ohio, and a step-great-grandson, Chance Duncan, of Butler Ohio.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel Workman, and two sisters, Ruth Barnett and Elizabeth Lash.

The family will observe a memorial service to be announced at a later date. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family wishes that memorial contributions be made to any organization supporting the performed arts.

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