Dr. David N. Lanphier, PhD Obituary:
Funeral Date: 9/20/2006
Dr. David N. Lanphier, PhD, age 69, of Monticello, Arkansas died Friday September 15, at home. He was born March 22, 1937 in Painesville, Ohio a son of the late Nye Lanphier and Eithel Barrett Lanphier. He was a graduate of Harvey High School, Painesville, Ohio, held a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, a Master of Arts, University of Iowa and a PhD, Florida State University. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Warren, Arkansas and the Rotary Club of Monticello. Dr. Lanphier served with distinction at the University of Arkansas At Monticello for 40 years, 1963-2003. He was the head of the Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts, 1965-78, during which time he produced, directed, and acted in many plays. He received the American College Theater Festival Gold Medallion Award of Excellence in 1973 for his promotion of theater arts with college students. He retired as associate professor of the School of Arts and Humanities in 2003 and was granted emeritus status. In addition, Dr. Lanphier served Southeast Arkansas as a member of the Spotlite Players Community Theater. Dr. Lanphier is remembered by his friend Harry Spicer as ďa wonderful colleague whose students admired him and the Community enjoyed presentations of musicals, one act plays and dramaĒ. He married Barbara Lynn Smith Austin on July 2, 1995 and she died November 26, 1997. Surviving are 3 first cousins, Alan Frary, Painesville, Ohio, Ruth Brainard, Conneaut, Ohio and Dora Farley, Flat Top, West Virginia; a step son Cory Lee Austin, Benton, Ark; a step daughter Kari Lynn Austin, Little Rock, Ark; a mother in law Gail Carter Smith, Wilmar, Ark; a brother in law Dr Charles Smith, Jackson, Tenn; his best friend June Bierbaum, Warren, Ark and his former spouse Marilyn Lanphier, Oklahoma City, Okla. Funeral services 2:00pm Wednesday, September 20, at First Baptist Church, Warren. Burial in Oakland Cemetery by Frazerís Funeral Home of Warren. Visitation 6:00pm to 9:00pm Tuesday, September 19, at Frazerís. Memorials preferred to the First Baptist Church of Warren or the Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts, the University of Arkansas at Monticello.