MANSFIELD, PA— The Mansfield University campus community is mourning the passing of Professor Emeritus A. Vernon Lapps, who passed away on Sunday, April 28.
Lapps was a professor of Communication from 1968 to 2004. Over the years, he served as department chair, herald at university commencement ceremonies and president of the University Senate. He was also active on numerous academic and organizational committees, including the Mansfield University Foundation Board.
Lapps obtained his AB degree in speech from the University of Michigan in 1954, his MA degree in speech from Wayne State University in 1965, and his PhD in interpersonal communication from Ohio University in 1973.
In 1980, Lapps and his wife Marilyn, a long serving secretary at Mansfield, produced the first annual Northern Appalachian Storytelling Festival at Mansfield University which ran for 22 seasons, drawing storytellers and visitors from across the U.S.
In 1998, he recorded the King James version of the New Testament for Kingdom Productions, earning among his friends the nickname “The Voice of God.”
On Tuesday, May 7, there will be a visitation from 2-3 p.m., followed by a service and an opportunity to share memories from 3-4 p.m. at Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 South Main Street in Mansfield.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Lapps' memory may be sent to the Lapps Scholarship, Mansfield University Foundation, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, 16933, or the Mansfield Public Library, 711 N. Main Street, Mansfield, PA 16933.
To read PR Director Dennis Miller's personal reflections, click here.
To view 1980 graduate Stuart Weiss' tribute during his 2010 Commencement speech, click here.