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Ernest J. Kozma

Obituary for Ernest J. Kozma

December 25, 1924 - March 23, 2019
Seneca, South Carolina | Age 94


Ernest Kozma, son of Joseph and Helen Kozma, died on March 23 at 94 years of age. Beloved husband of Carol (Amstutz), they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary together last month. He was the loving father of Judy and Terry Kozma and he was predeceased by sister Emma Kramer. He leave behind his "best dog" Brady!

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on 12/25/1924. After high school, he became a member of the US Army 8th Air-force, flying 25 missions in WWII. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 1950, earned his Master's from Kent State University and Doctorate of Education from Case Western Reserve University in 1966.

During his teaching career he served as Superintendent of Schools in Strongville, Ohio, Education Department Chairman at Baldwin Wallace University, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ashland University and Education Department Chairman at Clemson University, retiring from Clemson in 1989. American Education Policy and Foundations is a College textbook he coauthored.

Ernie had a lifelong love of sports. He played baseball at Baldwin Wallace and followed Cleveland Indians throughout his life. As an avid golfer he was a longtime member of the Clemson University Walker Course. He attended the very first Cleveland Browns game in 1946 and remained a lifelong fan.

Ernie was a member of the Clemson United Methodist Church for over 40 years.

In lieu of flowers, his family has established a memorial fund/scholarship at Baldwin Wallace University, his alma mater and a beloved part of his early teaching career. Memorials may be made to Center for Alumni Philanthropy and Engagement, Baldwin Wallace University, 275 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio 44017

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.

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