Robert W. Amos, 1935
B.A., Denison University
Citation awarded June, 1985
Robert Amos could rightly enjoy being called both a newspaperman and a spirited citizen. The Jeffersonian, a Cambridge, Ohio, daily, was founded by his grandfather. The newspaper has been described as being “one of the oldest in Ohio and…well-known for its integrity and concern for the communities in which it has operated.”
Mr. Amos began his career as a reporter following his graduation from Denison. He was named editor in 1947, president in 1967, and publisher in 1975 when the corporation joined the Dix newspaper group. He also served as president of the Ohio UPI Editors Association.
In addition to his professional work, Mr. Amos has devoted his life to the betterment of Guernsey County and Cambridge. He has held numerous board or committee positions, many for organizations he helped found. He was a moving force in the local historical society, the Beautification Council, and the Arts and Crafts Foundation. He was a former president and long-standing member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was the creator the Guernsey Hall of Fame. He also was a Director of the Guernsey County Children’s Services, a Director of the Cambridge Area Metropolitan YMCA, and a member of the Guernsey County Humane Society and the State Reclamation Board of Review.
He has received awards for his public service from the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cambridge Jaycees. Upon his retirement in 1978, the Martins Ferry Times Leader editorial stated that “he has done much to give a community and its people pride in its roots, a legacy, and a future.”
Bob Amos has also served as a member of the Denison University Research Foundation Board and as chairman of the Zanesville/Cambridge area for the Ford Campaign. He serves on the class of 1935’s 50th reunion committee.