Jefferson Dining Hall, 55, of Athens, Ohio, dies on Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Jeff, born fall of 1958, was known for his dependable hours and joyful Sunday brunches. To the students of Ohio University, Jeff was a reliable friend—someone they could always count on to be there after a long weekend of fun to offer his hospitality and the perfect hangover remedy. For the 55 years of his life, Jeff served thousands of students Monday through Thursday, and Sunday. Year after year, Jeff faithfully opened his doors, offering students friendliness and the essence of home. Despite Jeff’s kindness, the number of people visiting him began to dwindle. At the time of his death, Jeff was only receiving about 3,500 visitors a week. The depleting number of visitors caused his death; after years of service, poor Jeff was lonely.
While Jeff spent a good amount of time serving others, they played a role in serving him as well. Jeff provided work for 75 students on a weekly basis. He also shared a special union with his partner, the Market, who lives on. Those who were not lucky enough to survive include some of his closest friends and co-workers: the Asian wok bar, the smoothie bar and the beloved waffle cones.
There are several different opinions on the dining hall closing. Freshman Alexa Miller said, “I mean it’s not going to be too heart breaking because I didn’t go there much, but [I will miss] the days where I could just walk outside [my dorm] and it be there: the convenience factor. But I guess as long as the market stays there it’ll be fine.” With a different opinion, Emily Ardinack, a junior here at Ohio University, said, “I’m extremely sad about Jeff closing; it was my favorite dining hall as a freshman and has held a special place with me since then. Jeff also offered meals that reminded me of home; my favorite was meatloaf and mashed potatoes.” Whether it was because of convenience or the taste of home he offered, Jefferson Dining Hall had an impact on everyone.
Arrangements have been made; Jeff’s doors will remain closed until renovation plans have been finalized. Plans will not be discussed until 2017. Rest in Peace, Jefferson Dining Hall. You will be missed.