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Dr. Robert Portune

All Star Instructor

Dr. Portune spent a career in education as a teacher, visionary, and a creative force in the performing arts. Bob received his B.S., M.Ed., and Ed.D degrees from the University of Cincinnati. At Mt. Sterling, Central, and Hughes High Schools, and UC, he taught math, coached, and wrote and directed minstrel shows, "Varsity Varieties" and holiday programs.

At Finneytown, from 1959-1964, Bob wrote and directed the yearly "Escapades" and in his spare time, wrote the lyrics for the Finneytown High School Alma Mater.

Bob left Finneytown to pursue college teaching, and at UC, became full professor and head of the secondary Education Department. In 1970, Bob was a team leader at the White House Conference on Children.

Writing was always paramount for Bob. He created novels, prize-winning songs, poetry, a syndicated column on teeth, articles for Writer’s Digest and original theatrical scripts. Bob passed away in 1972.

He is survived by his wife Alice and their three sons: Robert, Todd and Ned.

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