Lynn Lawrence Augspurger, 74, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and formerly of Hope-well Junction, N.Y., Birmingham, Mich., and Cleveland Heights, passed away from natural causes on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Cleveland, after a long illness. He was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Hamilton, the son of Kathryn C. and Rudolph E. Augspurger, who preceded him in death. In 1962, in Columbus, he married Judith C. Peery, and she survives.
Also surviving are a sister, Carol K. Augspurger, of Urbana, Ill.; three children, Anne L. Albritton, Thomas J. Augspurger, and Amy E. Abramowitz; and a son-in-law, Ronald P. Abramowitz.
He was preceded in death by two siblings, Ethyl E. and Robert M. Augspurger; and a son, John A. Augspurger.
He grew up in Franklin and Wapakoneta before graduating from Yellow Springs High School in 1956. Lynn graduated from Columbia University School of Law in the New York City with an LL.B. in 1962 after graduating from Miami University with a B.A. in 1959 in Oxford. He also studied abroad at Sorbonne University, The Hague and the University of Sao Paulo.
In 1962-63, he and Judy taught at the Escola Graduada de SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil. Lynn was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association and as a patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1973.
Lynnâ€™s career included an international practice at Richey, McNenney and Farrington in Cleveland, as patent attorney for Burroughs Corporation in Detroit, Mich., and as patent counsel for IBM Corporation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. His law practice took him across the globe with extensive travel throughout Eastern Europe in the 1970s and involved him in cutting-edge computer technology throughout his life.
Lynn held many deep personal interests. In the 1970s, he innovated techniques for bovine surrogate reproduction, obtaining several patents that were forerunners for human reproductive surrogacy. Lynn advanced development in computer-assisted surgical tomography in the 1980s in association with the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. From the 1990s onward, he improved the gene pool for dairy cattle through selective breeding. His contributions to the field included perfecting homozygous-polled lines for every American dairy breed. Lynn was a gourmet of fine foods from around the world, a creative chef to the delight of his family, and an avid horticulturist of day lilies. He took special interest in his roots in the Alsace region of Europe where his ancestors were involved in the beginnings of the Amish Church in the early 1600s. Lynnâ€™s great-great-great grandfather, Christian Augspurger, later led emigres to America to establish a Mennonite settlement in what was to be known as Augspurger, now called Woodsdale. Lynn was especially proud to visit the ancestral family home there that became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as the â€śChrisholm Historic Farmstead,â€ť part of the Amish Mennonite Settlement of Butler County. Lynn and Judy also maintained a summer residence in Wayne County, where he enjoyed the rolling hills and agrarian culture.
Lynn celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary to Judy in June 2012 with his family at the Cleveland Clinic where he was bravely fighting leukemia. Our family remembers him for his lifelong dedication to each of us, to the sciences and to nature, as well as for his supreme intellect and the character with which he lived his life. We are particularly grateful to the caregivers whom became so dear to him at the Cleveland Clinic and the West View Manor in Wooster.
A graveside service and burial alongside his ancestors was held Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Trenton Mennonite Cemetery in Trenton.
Contributions may be given to Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead, Augspurger Memorial Garden, P.O. Box 234, Trenton.