Dr. H. Gene Toot of East Liverpool was born in Dellroy, Ohio, where he graduated high school before going on to graduate from Kent State University, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

He is married to the former Carol Hill, and they have three children, Dr. David Toot, Janet Toot and Dr. Pamela Lanford. Dr. Toot served as minister at Hopedale and Annapolis Presbyterian Churches from 1954 to 1961 and then as associate minister at Trinity Presbyterian Church from 1961 to 1965, at which point he became minister until 1995 when he retired.

He was moderator of the Presbytery of Steubenville, chairman of the organizing Commission Presbytery of the Upper Ohio Valley, moderator of the Presbytery of the Upper Ohio Valley and a member of the Presbytery and Synod committees too numerous to mention.

He has been a member of the board of trustees for Beaver Creek Camp for more than 50 years and chairman of the board for 13 years. He also was a speaker and director for camps and conferences of all ages.

He served a six-year stint as East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce executive director and served on the East Liverpool Board of Education and as chaplain at City Hospital. He was the driving force in creating the annual Easter Pageant on the Hillside at Trinity Church.

He was chosen by the Morning Journal in 2000 as one of the 100 Outstanding Citizens of Columbiana County in the 20th Century and he received the East Liverpool Area Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.

He also has many years of involvement with the YMCA, Rotary Club -- where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow -- Tri-State Pottery Festival, Fawcett Foundation, East Liverpool Area Prayer Breakfast and City Design and Review Board. For 23 years he played in the East Liverpool Men's Softball League and for 30 years he participated in the East Liverpool Church Men's Bowling League. Dr. Toot is also a noted dahlia grower, having grown two grand champions in American Dahlia Society National Shows and one ADS Mid West grand champion.