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Dr. William Hommel, age 82, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 after a brief illness.
William was born in Detroit, Mich. in 1935 to Charles Hommel and Mary Palmer, the youngest of four children. He graduated from St. James High School, earned a bachelor's degree at Oakland University, and a PhD in Art History from Indiana University, with a focus on African art.
His love for travel began as a young man traveling the world with his parents, and continued throughout life. He brought his family along on many overseas trips to places including Africa, Australia, Russia, and all over Europe. He organized many study tours for students while teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma before retiring in 2011 to care for his wife.
He was a recognized expert on African art and after moving to Cincinnati in 2013, he became a guest curator for the Cincinnati Art museum and facilitated the installation of the new African art gallery.
He was also a very devoted father and grandfather who always made time for his grandchildren's soccer games, graduations, holiday celebrations and family vacations.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, and his sister Mary Lou Tarnas.
He is survived by his four children, Hester Hommel of Cincinnati, Ohio, Matt Hommel of Houston, Texas, Kevin (Heather) Hommel of Cincinnati, and Louis Hommel of Oklahoma City, Okla., and his grandchildren Piper, Lia, Hailey, Alexis, and Briana.
Services will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Loveland, Ohio on Jan. 18, 2018.
Interment will be at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City.
Published on January 12, 2018
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