Dr. Harold Huff, former Superintendent of Knox Community and Southeast Fountain school corporations, died at age 86 on September 18 at 12:05 am. He was preceded in death by son Marc, sister Virginia Romine, brothers Paul, Donald, Leon, Robert, and Darrell, and parents Russell and Beulah Huff.
He is survived by wife Rosemary, daughter Marcia and son Dale, granddaughters Emma Huff, Claire Huff, Lindsey Papst, and Hannah Papst, and sisters Norma Barret, Patricia Taylor, and Sharon Hamilton.
Dr. Huff attended public school in Sullivan, Indiana and served 3+ years in the U.S. Air Force. He attended college at Wabash College, and then Indiana State where he received a Bachelor and Masters degree. Dr. Huff later received a PhD from the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
Passionate about education and providing kids of all backgrounds with an opportunity to succeed, Dr. Huff began his career teaching mathematics. After teaching at Indiana high schools in Montezuma, Jasonville, Dugger, and Lowell, he also served as Dean of Students at Calumet High School and taught education classes at Middle Tennessee State University.
Moving into administration, Dr. Huff served as high school principal at Abingdon VA, the Indiana State University Laboratory School, and Muncie Southside. While Principal of Muncie South, Dr. Huff was quoted in a local newspaper (circa 1970), stating, “The thing I enjoy about South is the fact that I think the problems South has are the problems the whole world faces—people with different backgrounds, interests, and abilities, learning to live and work together, sometimes with limited support from the people who should help the most. If we can solve these problems on a small scale, perhaps the world can solve them on a larger scale." In 1989 he was elected President of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.
Dr. Huff’s personal interests included his family, travel, US History, and football coaching. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, Dr. Huff will be most remembered for his relentless dedication to his family and helping others, his courageous determination to always do what he believed was right even if it wasn’t easy, his gregarious, outspoken, take-charge personality and his ability to solve nearly any problem. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 am Monday September 26 at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg with Pastor Frank Sablan officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday September 25 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. He will be interred at Bono Cemetery in Bono, Indiana following the funeral on Monday.