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MSU mourns Dr. Howard Setser

Setser.jpgDr. Howard Setser, 84, of Green Valley Acres, Morehead, husband of Jo Anne Setser, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Robertson County Health Care in Mt. Olivet.

Sester was a two-time graduate of Morehead State University, earning a degree in chemistry in 1956 and a Master of Education in 1961. He returned to MSU in 1964 as a professor and taught biology until his retirement in 1996. He received the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award in 1983. He was a member of the Kentucky Academy of Science, the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Kiwanis Club and Morehead United Methodist Church.  

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, JoAnne Dillon Setser, whom he married Dec. 26, 1958; one son, David Lee Setser and wife Ellen Setser of Hebron, New Hampshire; one daughter, Elizabeth Anne Berry and husband Dr. Robert Michael Berry of May’s Lick; one brother, James Lowell Setser and wife Mary Helen Setser of Marietta, Georgia; and three grandchildren, Whitney Ellen Vos, Robert Jacob Berry, and Joshua Dillon Berry.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead. Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Northcutt & Son Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Aaron Mansfield officiating. Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery with full military honors presented by Morehead American Legion Post No. 126.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to MSU Foundation Inc. Soar to New Heights Scholarship Fund, 150 University Blvd., Box 1885, Morehead, KY 40351. Visit to make your gift online.

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