CHILLICOTHE, OH (Jan. 14, 2011) — When Whit Streicher had an opportunity recently to take photographs from a helicopter, he couldn't pass up the chance to shoot a few shots of the Adena Medical Center, where his Dad worked for decades.
After arriving home from the photo shoot, he began wondering what to do with the pictures of the medical center. It didn't take long for him to decide.
Last week, a large and colorful aerial photograph was placed in the North Entrance of the medical center as a tribute to Gordon Streicher, who started what is now Adena's Laboratory in 1952 and died in 2002.
"It's all for my Dad," said Whit Streicher, who donated the photo to Adena Health System. The photo includes a plaque honoring his Dad.
Looking closely at the photograph, you might notice the word "framing" is misspelled in the lower left corner. It's part of a joke that the father and son shared.
"My Dad was always telling me I was the worst speller in the world," the younger Streicher said with a wide grin and a subtle acknowledgement. "Originally I was going to fix it, but decided not to because it really meant something to the two of us."
His relationship with his Dad was special, he said.
"I was very lucky that I got to work with him every day for 23 years. We owned Chillicothe Camera together and we were partners. When Dad would get done at the hospital, every day about 4 or 4:30, he would come into the store… And he was there every Saturday."
When his father retired from Adena in the early '90s, he continued to work in the camera shop, from about 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day.
The elder Streicher's interest in photography blossomed when he began taking photos of infants born at the medical center. As his lab workload increased, leaving less time for photography, his son took up the interest.
Whit Streicher was a teenager when he suggested his Dad start a photo shop. His father, however, insisted they open the shop together, which they did. After 28 years of service, the business was closed by the younger Streicher in 2006 because of health issues.
Years after the death of Gordon Streicher, physicians and laboratory employees, with the assistance of Adena Health Foundation, started a memorial scholarship endowment fund on behalf of the former lab director. The money goes to college students training to become laboratory technicians.
That fund has grown to more than $69,000 since then and donations are still being received, said Ralph Metzger, Foundation Executive Director. ...Read More