June 2, 2016 at 2:14 pm

University Mourns Geography Student Who Drowned on Sunday

Cody Hamblin loved fishing.

Cody Hamblin loved fishing.

The Ohio University community mourns the passing of student Cody Hamblin, who drowned May 29.

“The Brown County Coroner’s Office said Cody Hamblin, 22, of Miamisburg, died on Sunday at Lake Lorelei west of Fayetteville. He was visiting his grandparents over the Memorial Day weekend,” reports WDTN. “Officials said Hamblin went underwater and never resurfaced.”

The former Miamisburg High School football star was a junior Geography-Urban Planning and Sustainability major in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. He earned an associate degree in December from OHIO’s University College on his pathway toward his bachelor’s degree.

“Cody was a sweet and mild-mannered young man,” says his adviser, Dr. Yeong-Hyun Kim, Associate Professor of Geography.

Hamblin was enrolled in Kim’s summer online course in Geography of Asia.

“He posted his last assignment on Blackboard on Thursday the 26th on the U.S.-Japan trade relationship – though it was not due until May 31.  It’s hard to imagine there won’t be any more posts from him,” Kim says.

“He also took my Urban Geography class in the spring. There I remember his term paper research on the recent growth of his hometown Miamisburg. For the research project, Cody conducted personal interviews with his mom, a longtime Miamisburg resident, asking questions about her personal experiences with the de-industrialization and decentralization of Dayton and its effects on the neighboring suburb of Miamisburg,” Kim explains.

“In our one-on-one meeting, he told me about how refreshing it was talking to his mom about neighborhood changes and urban planning and quoting her in his research paper. It is all too sad to think about his plan to talk to his mom more about her work in Dayton so that he could write a paper on the city for another class this fall.”

Instructor Ana Mojica Myers adds, “Cody was one of my students in Cartography I this past semester, and he was planning on taking Cartography II in the fall. He probably wrote some of the most honest answers that I’ve ever graded. I will certainly miss him.”

“He was a very good student,” adds Dr. Jana Houser, Assistant Professor, who had Hamblin in the first GEOG 1100 course she taught at OHIO.

And Dr. Brad Jokisch, Associate Professor, notes that Hamblin was a “very smart” student.

In Hamblin’s hometown of Miamisburg, he is remembered as a standout high school football player. “He played quarterback, among other positions. Hamblin led the team in passing and rushing yards his junior year, carrying him to be named GWOC South Offensive Player of the Year,” reports WLWT.

“Funeral visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the SouthBrook Church, 9095 Washington Church Road in Miamisburg, followed by the funeral at 5 p.m. A reception is at 6 p.m. at the Miamisburg Moose 2110 E. Central Ave., in Miamisburg,” reports WHIO.

Students in need of support are encouraged to contact Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services anytime at 740-593-1616 or stop by the third floor of Hudson Hall during walk-in hours (Monday through Friday, 9:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.) to speak with a counselor.


One Comment

  1. Dr. Catherine Euler says:

    I had Cody in class in Spring 2015, and remember him as an enthusiastic, meticulous and dedicated student. He was a bright, personable, and lovely young man. I am so sorry. His loss will be felt by many in the university community. Many heart-felt condolences to his family.

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