Dr. Carl D. Zurcher

Dr. Carl D. Zurcher, 96, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at 11:15 a.m. at Heritage Pointe of Huntington.

Dr. Zurcher was a 1941 graduate of Geneva High School and served as a Corporal in the United States Army in the 104th Infantry (Timberwolf) Division in Holland, France and Germany during World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Huntington College in 1948 and taught for one year at Huntington Township High School before completing his Master’s degree at the Northwestern University School of Speech in Evanston, IL in 1950. He was awarded the PhD degree in Theatre by Purdue University in 1973. He retired as a Professor Emeritus from Huntington College in 1989, having been a member of the faculty since 1950. He taught speech and theatre and directed numerous dramatic productions. He was chairman of the Division of Humanities and Bible. At his retirement, he was awarded an honorary doctor’s degree by Huntington College. In 2003, the auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts was named Zurcher Auditorium in his honor. For several years following his retirement, he was a teacher in the Adult Basic Education Program of Huntington County and a member of the Huntington County Literacy Coalition. He was a member of College Park United Brethren Church in Huntington and served on the Huntington College Alumni Board.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1924, near Berne, to Fred F. and Martha Valentine Zurcher. He married Mabel I. Alpaugh Thompson on June 5, 1951, in Kunkle, OH, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2018.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly A. (Dan) Brauchler, of Converse, and Carla J. Zurcher, of Huntington; two granddaughters, Amber (Jeremy) Roberts, and Ashley (Scott) Lindvall, both of Fishers; and six great-grandchildren.

Calling will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at 11 a.m. at College Park United Brethren Church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington, with Dr. Ray Seilhamer officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Huntington County.

Memorials may be made to College Park United Brethren Church or Huntington University, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750.

The online guestbook may be signed at baileylove.com.