I got home before my husband and had an envelope from my mother in the mailbox. One never knows what is going to be in those envelopes. Sometimes there are articles on weight loss, allergies, movies, or my college alma mater. Today it was an obituary and it made me sad.
My dentist died. It was shocking and unexpected. I walked the dog and before we were done with the walk my husband came home. He always knows the right things to say and do to comfort me. My dentist was 49. When he opened up his dental practice I was one of the first patients. He talked about giving me a job one summer as a dental assistant right before I graduated from college. When I graduated from college he and his wife bought me a gift of Evelyn and Crabtree Spring Rain bubble bath. Each time I saw him he asked how my husband was doing though they've never met. He volunteered his time at OSU to teach dental students and did work on a sliding scale for those less fortunate. If the bill ended up being less than $10 he wrote it off. (I can't recall how many insurance benefit forms I got that said I owed him $5 but never had to pay him.) He's brought three other dentists into his practice and he just had a building built for it two years ago. Some people might begrudge him for having a sports car or a plane since dentists are so rich, but he and his wife built the business from the ground up and he was a truly nice person. They were married for 26 years and my heart aches from the loss of a wonderful person who loved life so much. He loved people. My heart aches for his wife. Twenty-six years doesn't seem like enough time to be with the person you love.
Two killed, one injured in small plane crash in South Carolina
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A small plane piloted by a man going to his 25th high school class reunion crashed in a subdivision in this South Carolina town, killing two Ohio men and critically injuring a third, authorities said.
Witnesses said the pilot guided the plane away from swimmers as it crashed near a swimming pool clubhouse in a subdivision about a mile from the Rock Hill/York County Airport.
The plane left Ohio State University airport Sunday morning for Rock Hill, said National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Lauren Peduzzi.
Investigators on the scene Monday said they not know why the plane crashed, NTSB investigator Eric Alleyne said.
Eric Anthony Ted Johnson, 43, of Columbus, Ohio, died at the scene from head and neck injuries, said York County Deputy Coroner Ev Amick.
Johnson was learning to pilot the six-seat, single-propeller Beech V35 Bonanza, investigators say. Johnson, a lawyer and former Rock Hill resident, planned to attend the 25th reunion of his Northwestern High School class.
A passenger in the front seat, William Coulman, 49, of Worthington, Ohio, died of head and chest injuries, Amick said. Coulman, a dentist, has a private pilot's license and owned the 34-year-old plane that he kept at Don Scott Field.
A passenger sitting behind the two, Matt Sullivan, also of Columbus, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Monday, according a hospital spokeswoman. He is a flight instructor and commercial pilot for Cardinal Health Inc., a suburban Columbus based company.
Johnson's wife, Susan, said that her husband had received training to become a pilot, but was not licensed yet.
"I think Dr. Coulman was trying to encourage Eric to get Matt for more lessons," she said. "My husband had told him about the reunion, and Dr. Coulman wanted them to fly down."
Douglas Hammon, director of Don Scott Field, said a sample of the type of fuel put in the plane on Saturday was being sent to investigators to assist in the search for causes.
Here is the
COULMAN Dr. William John Thompson Coulman V, age 49, died July 24th, 2005 in a plane crash in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He was born January 27th, 1956, the son of William J. T. Coulman IV and Evelyn Coulman. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Jane; daughters, Kristen, 23 and Lauren, 19; sister, Karen (Dr. Michael) Laccheo; mother and father-in-law, Marilyn and Len Ficken; sister-in-law, Cathy (Bill) Bogar; brother-in-law, Chuck (Ellen) Ficken; nieces and nephews, Michael Jr., John, Joe, and Mark Laccheo, Catie, Jessica, Shane, and Jimmy Bogar, Brenna and Amy Ficken. Bill had practiced dentistry in Worthington, Ohio since 1991. He had previously worked as a dental lab technician and a dental hygienist. Dr. Coulman served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Along with his loving family he leaves behind many friends from his diverse hobbies and pursuits; his staff and patients; his friends at Don Scott airport; his buddies in the Columbus Chapter of the Model-T Club (Tickin T's). He was a member of the Worthington Presbyterian Church and The Ohio State Dental Society. Funeral Service 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2005 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High Street, Worthington, Ohio. Dr. Philip M. Hazelton officiating. Friends may call 2-9 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2005 At RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 515 High Street, Worthington, Ohio. Burial Kingwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Bill Coulman Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will benefit students pursuing their degrees at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Contributions can be sent to: The Bill Coulman Scholarship Fund, c/o The College of External Affairs, Rm. 1198, 305 W. 12th Ave., P.O. Box 182357, Columbus, OH 43218-2357.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from 7/27/2005 - 7/28/2005.