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WIP Leona Hughes Award

OHIO President Roderick McDavis (left) and Patricia Conner Study (right)

Photo courtesy of: Alumni Association

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Alumna and Athens native receives WIP Inspiration Award


The Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University (WIP) Leona Hughes Inspiration Award was presented to 1948 Arts and Sciences alumna Patricia Connor Study at an honorary event held at the Ohio University Inn on Feb. 2.

The award was established by WIP to recognize outstanding women who have led inspirational lives. Recipients of the award have achieved distinction in their chosen field and demonstrated long-term devotion and dedication to service. Award recipients have also maintained philanthropic interest in Ohio University and in their communities.

Leona Hughes, who received a bachelor's degree from the College of Education in 1930, was the first recipient of the award in 2006. She supported OHIO in a multitude of ways, most notably by establishing four Leona and Lewis Hughes Manasseh Cutler Scholarships and four tuition scholarships to OHIO students from her hometown of Oak Hill, Ohio.

Hughes earned several awards in her lifetime including an honorary Doctor of Humanity degree, an Ohio University Alumni Association Medal of Merit and an Alumna of the Year Award. She is also a recipient of the Ohio University Foundation's John C. Baker Founder's Award.

The 2012 award winner Patricia Connor Study grew up in Athens, Ohio. She served on the Ohio University Foundation Board for nine years and is a current member of the WIP Founder's Circle. She served as vice president at Rubloff Inc. in Chicago, where she enjoyed a successful career in real estate with a focus on historically significant properties.

For OHIO's 2004 Bicentennial Campaign, Connor Study established the Patricia Connor Study Professorship in Contemporary History with a $1 million commitment. The professorship is intended to honor her father, Roger Connor, and her family ties to Ohio University and the community.

"All of my life I have been grateful for the education I received at Ohio University," Conner Study says about receiving the award. "I simply want to see more people have the same opportunity."

Barbara Strom Thompson, WIP chair, spoke of Connor Study's standout personality and about her excitement to give back to OHIO.

"Pat's mindset says that if we work together we can do really great things," Strom Thompson says. "It's amazing what can be accomplished when a group of determined women get together."

A plaque honoring this award will be placed in the WIP Room number 333 in Baker University Center.