GOLAS, Dr. Anthony J. "Tony," 85, of Steubenville, OH, a lifelong area educator and psychologist, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, of natural causes. He was at home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Steubenville on Aug. 23, 1928, a son of the late Anthony J. Golas Sr. and Victoria Chmielewski Golas Dzakich.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter Janet L. Watson; brother Sigmund; sisters Stella, Sophia and Ida; and brother-in-law, Thomas Lamb.
Anthony was a 1946 graduate of Catholic Central High School and received his B.A. from the College of Steubenville in 1951. In his early career, he taught and coached basketball at Springfield High School, which is now in the Edison Local School District. Continuing his education, he later received his masters degree and doctorate in psychology from Kent State University. As a professor for the College of Steubenville, later Franciscan University, Dr. Golas was instrumental in the developmental stages of the Psychology Department there. He taught advanced psychology classes for over 12 years at Kent State University's East Liverpool Branch. In the early 1970s, Dr. Golas was appointed executive director of the Mental Health Board, which is now Jefferson Behavioral Health Systems, and served as consultant for them in later years. The recipient of numerous accolades during his career in psychology, he helped establish chronic pain clinics in Wheeling and Princeton, WV, and East Liverpool, OH. He devoted his life's work for the betterment of mental health in the tri-state area. Dr. Golas was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Polish Athletic Club and was involved with the former Catholic Community Center. With a passion for music, Tony enjoyed learning and playing numerous instruments.
He was a member of Triumph of the Cross Catholic Church (Holy Rosary).
A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, he always took pleasure in his grand children's activities.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia L. Lamb Golas; daughter, Marianne Sullivan; three grandchildren: Chelsea Watson, Thomas Sullivan and Hayley Watson; sister Virginia Madden; son-in-law, Daniel Watson; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, on Monday from 3-7 p.m. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday at Triumph of the Cross Catholic Church (Holy Rosary), Steubenville, with Father Thomas Nau as celebrant. Entombment in Resurrection Mausoleum will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Vigil service Monday at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Charity Hospice, 500 Luray Drive, Wintersville, OH 43953.
Offer condolences at www.shorac.com.