Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Instructor's death stuns school

Hughes students mourn loss of 'Mr. Anthony'

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLERAIN TWP. — Mildred Kennedy spent part of the morning Monday answering phone calls from former students who had heard about the fatal accident but weren't sure.

        “Was that Mr. Anthony?” they asked Mrs. Kennedy, program facilitator at Hughes Center, about the death of Doug Doench.

        Around Hughes, and in the radio news business, Doug Doench was better known as Doug Anthony. The former former radio newsman had spent the past nine years teaching a new generation of communications students at the school.

        He was killed Sunday morning when he was hit by a car as he walked in his neighborhood to pick up a morning newspaper.

        Elizabeth Pease, 22, of North College Hill, was charged Sunday with aggravated vehicular homicide. She was arraigned Monday and released on $10,000 bond.

        Police said Ms. Pease lost control of her car and drove up on the sidewalk on West Galbraith Road, striking Mr. Doench.

        Steve Barnett, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, said the accident is still under investigation, including chemical tests for alcohol or other drugs.

        “The officers had probable cause to believe she was impaired,” said Mr. Barnett.

        The arrest report on Ms. Pease notes that she has epilepsy, but Mr. Barnett said that was not noted on her driver's license. “It doesn't mean she doesn't have it,” said Mr. Barnett, but such an impairment “is supposed to be reflected on her driver's license.”

        By Monday morning, faculty and students at the High School for Communications Professions at Hughes were still in shock over the news of Mr. Doench's death.

        “The kids really loved him. They're really upset,” said Mrs. Kennedy. “The children enjoyed being in his class.”

        At the school, he used the name Doug Anthony, the name he used when he was in local radio news.

        Mr. Doench, 57, was a former news director and was a youth soccer coach for 20 years. He had eight children. He is being remembered as a solid newsman and a dedicated communications teacher and media specialist.

        “He was very straightforward,” said Jim Fox, morning host at WUBE-FM radio, where Mr. Doench had worked as news director years ago. Mr. Fox said he did not know Mr. Doench well, but was aware of his reputation as a newsman.

        “He believed in the news is the news is the news,” said Mr. Fox. “He was a very serious, very competent newsman, and he loved to teach. He was one of the good guys in this business — very pleasant guy, very professional.”

        Mrs. Kennedy said that even though Mr. Doench was on sabbatical this semester and was due to return to the school in January, he still helped out with preparing the monthly school newspaper for publication, and was just at the school last Tuesday. He had taught mass media, communications and English classes, and helped with the school yearbook.

        “He was a fixture,” said Mrs. Kennedy.

        Angela Philpot, a senior at the school, said students were upset Monday morning after a public address announcement about Mr. Doench's death at the school.

        “He was a teacher that we could talk to,” said Ms. Philpot. “He cared about his students, and you got to know him one-on-one. He knew his business. Everyone is pretty shaken up.”


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