Annis Eileen Cozart, Ph. D

COZART, Annis Eileen, Ph. D., 91, of Steubenville, OH, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Dr. Cozart was born on Nov. 21, 1922, the eldest daughter of the late Maywood Roscoe Cozart and Bessie May Risdon Cozart, of English, Irish, Scottish, and French descents.

A member of a pioneer family of Steubenville, Dr. Cozart was a descendent of Solomon Risdon, who came to Jefferson County in 1818.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Lee, and William; and two sisters, Joyce Chappell and Phyllis Taylor. Additionally, she was preceded in death by Nellie Blanche Risdon, an aunt with whom she lived for many years.

She is survived by her nieces, Cathy Kerr, Maggie Jablonski, Debra Brodowski, Lori Petrosky, Donna Chappell, Beth Chappell, and Dolly Cozart, and her nephews, James Taylor, William Cozart, John Cozart, Larry Chappell, and Robert Cozart; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was a Protestant and a member of Old Calvary Methodist Church. Dr. Cozart graduated from Steubenville High School in 1939. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Biology from West Liberty State College in 1943.

She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Administration from The Ohio State University in 1950, and she received her Doctorate in Guidance and Counseling, Curriculum, and Teacher Education from The Ohio State University in 1959.

Dr. Cozart worked in education for more than 30 years – teaching general science, biology, and art in the Wintersville and Steubenville Public Schools. She also taught at The Ohio State University, Ohio University, West Liberty State College, Kent State University, Geneva College, and the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing.

Her work in education extended beyond the classroom. She served the Steubenville Public Schools as Director of Guidance and Counseling and as Art Consultant, and she served the Wintersville Schools as Biology and Art Extracurricular Director.

Eventually, Dr. Cozart turned her educational focus to administrative leadership as Coordinator of Guidance Services for the Belmont, Harrison, and Jefferson County Schools, and later as Research, Evaluation, and Curriculum Coordinator.

She was an active member of the American Personnel and Guidance Association, American School Counselors Association, and National Vocational Guidance Association. Dr. Cozart was a member of several educational fraternities, including Delta Kappa Gamma, which was founded to promote equal status for women in education, Phi Beta Kappa, which honors academic excellence in liberal arts and sciences, Pi Lambda, which honors outstanding educations, and Chi Beta Phi, a national science honorary fraternity. She was instrumental in establishing the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, which opened its doors to students in 1975.

While working in educational administration, Dr. Cozart was among the first group of American educators to travel to Europe to study educational policy in London, Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm, and Moscow. Throughout her career, she continued to travel extensively, studying cultures and educational patterns in more than 50 countries on five continents.

She retired as an educator in 1976. Dr. Cozart continued to work after retirement. She served as Coordinator of the American Bicentennial Activities for Jefferson County, and she researched and published numerous articles on the history of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

Among the articles Dr. Cozart published was a series entitled, “Reflections of the Heritage of Jefferson County,” based on articles published in early editions of the Herald Star.

She also wrote a column for the Herald Star for several years. She was a member of the Fort Steuben Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for 44 years.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Dr. Cozart’s name to the Steubenville City Schools Foundation, where a scholarship fund has been established in her memory.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Everhart-Bove Funeral Home, 685 Canton Rd., Wintersville, OH where a memorial service to honor Dr. Cozart’s lifetime of achievement will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Samuel Gibb officiating.

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