In Memory

David Ozag

Dr. David Ozag of Frederick died unexpectedly on August 2, 2011, while on vacation in Alaska with his family.

David was born on April 16, 1962, in Connellsville, PA. He was a son of the late Joseph Ozag, Sr. and Barbara Lee Brady Ozag.

David's life reflected his commitment to his lifelong interest in learning. David was a 1980 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School. In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland. David was a Certified Public Accountant. In 1988, David received an MBA degree from Mt. St. Mary's College. In 2001, David received his doctorate degree in Human and Organizational Systems from The George Washington University. That same year, he completed a master's certificate in distance education from Thomas Edison State College. In 2004, David received a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from George Washington. In 2010, David received a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. At the time of his death, David was working on a certificate in financial planning from Florida State University and a second doctorate degree, in accounting, from the University of Florida.

Shortly after receiving his bachelor's degree, David started a teaching career at Frederick Community College (FCC) that lasted nearly 30 years. During that time, David taught over 260 college classes in 40 different topics at over 30 colleges and universities. In addition to teaching at FCC, David's full-time appointments were at Gettysburg College, East Carolina University, and Bucknell University. Additionally, David held appointments at Hood College, Mount Saint Mary's, University of Maryland-University College, the George Washington Medical School, Drexel University, and Kaplan University.

David supplemented his teaching experiences with many work experiences. In addition to several years in public accounting, David worked for 10 years as a Vice President at Standard Federal Savings Bank, in Frederick. David also served for several years as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County. He also worked as the Chief Operating Officer of Community Support Services, a Gaithersburg based non-profit that provides services to clients with developmental disabilities. He and his brother started and managed a family-operated liquor store, DJ Liquors.

David's volunteer efforts were also significant. He formerly served on the board of Rockville Striders, a youth track organization. David also served for 11 seasons as a volunteer head ninth grade and assistant boys' varsity basketball coach at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. David served as the regional director of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. In that role, he conducted numerous chapter development exercises across the country and served on several national fraternity committees.

Additionally, he served as the faculty and chapter advisor at the East Carolina University chapter for many years. David was formerly a member of the George Washington University Alumni Association Board of Directors. David was also an Eagle Scout.

He was a member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church and Frederick Elks Lodge #684. He was also a Kentucky Colonial.

David published numerous academic articles, primarily on the topics of trust, hope and organizational commitment. In 2009, he published a book entitled "Winning Mergers." He was a type 1 diabetic for approximately 40 years and was an avid fan of the Orioles, Redskins, Terps' athletics and East Carolina University football.

Surviving is his brother, Joseph Ozag, Jr. and sister-in-law Janette of Frederick; four nieces and nephews, who were his godchildren, Emily Martin, and husband Dan, of Syracuse, NY and Christopher, Kimberly and Kevin Ozag, all of Frederick. Additional godchildren included Erin Dickman of Charleston, SC and Eli Crutchfield of Rockville, MD. David was loved by many and his family is too large to count.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mariann Ozag Metcalf, who died May 2, 1995.

Visitation with David's family will occur on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 E. Church Street, Frederick, Maryland 21702.

A wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 12 Noon, from St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 118 E. Second St., Frederick, Maryland. Monsignor Richard Murphy will be the celebrant. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Support Services, 9075 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation, 5221 Morning Sun Road Oxford, Ohio 45056.

Courtesy of the Frederick NewsPost