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Larry Patrick, who earned his doctoral degree from OHIO in 1975, announces his financial commitment to the Scripps College and The Promise Lives Campaign during a special event in Washington, D.C.

Larry Patrick, who earned his doctoral degree from OHIO in 1975, announces his financial commitment to the Scripps College and The Promise Lives Campaign during a special event in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Chad Bartlett

Guests enjoy the historic Woodrow Wilson House and a special display of Dan Westergren’s photography.

Guests enjoy the historic Woodrow Wilson House and a special display of Dan Westergren’s photography. Westergren earned his master of science in journalism from OHIO in 1992 and currently is senior photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Photographer: Chad Bartlett

Milbert Brown, who earned his master of arts from the School of Visual Communication in 1982, was one of more than 80 guests gathered at the Woodrow Wilson House for a special OHIO alumni reception.

Milbert Brown, who earned his master of arts from the School of Visual Communication in 1982, was one of more than 80 guests gathered at the Woodrow Wilson House for a special OHIO alumni reception. Brown is the director/owner of Brown Images Consulting.

Photographer: Chad Bartlett

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W. Lawrence “Larry” Patrick and his wife, Susan, hosted an alumni reception at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., on May 8 to announce their gifts to Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign. Larry Patrick earned his doctorate from the Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts and Studies in 1975.

More than 80 Ohio University alumni and friends attended the event, which featured a special presentation by 1992 alumnus Dan Westergren, senior photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine.

The Patricks’ announced their immediate cash gift that will support the renovation of the Schoonover Center for Communication and the Joseph Berman Professorship in Media Arts & Studies. In addition, Larry Patrick shared his commitment of 10 percent of his estate toward transforming the Berman Professorship into an Endowed Chair and supporting Scripps College graduate students and other key initiatives.

“Larry and Susan have been longtime supporters of the Scripps College, and I am grateful for their continued generosity,” said Scripps College Dean Scott Titsworth. “While their cash gift will secure conference spaces in the Schoonover Center for Communication and help to fund the Joe Berman Professorship, Larry’s estate gift will have an immeasurable impact on the Scripps College and its students for years to come.”

Alumni, friends and Ohio University administrators gathered for the announcement. The event helped support The Promise Lives Campaign by connecting current alumni to University and College leadership.

“This event tonight is not to honor us, but to honor all of you,” said Larry Patrick during his remarks. “I love Ohio University. My experience at OU opened a lot of doors for me.”

A portion of Larry Patrick’s estate gift will grow the Berman Professorship into an Endowed Chair. Colleagues and donors endowed the professorship in Berman’s name in 2002 upon his retirement from the University after nearly 30 years of service. Berman’s work at OHIO included serving as founding director for the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, as director of engineering for WOUB Public Media and as dean of the Honors Tutorial College.
 
Additional funds from the estate will endow the Patrick Doctoral Scholars Fund in the Scripps College. Any remaining funds will support the Scripps College at the discretion of the dean and the vice president of University Advancement.

“Larry and Susan have committed their time, talent and treasure to Ohio University,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “Their financial commitment to the Scripps College – to its spaces, its faculty, and its students – will help to ensure the college’s place as a Center of Excellence in the state of Ohio and our University’s place as the nation’s best transformative learning community. We are very grateful for their generosity and for hosting this special event for Ohio University alumni and friends in Washington, D.C.”

Larry and Susan Patrick are co-owners and managing partners of Patrick Communications, where they have brokered hundreds of television and radio deals over the years. They are avid supporters of Ohio University and are both members of the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame, administered by the Scripps College.  

The Patricks’ gifts are part of OHIO’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which will raise $450 million by June 2015 to support students, faculty, research and creative activity, community outreach and select facilities. To date, the Campaign has raised nearly $420 million in support of these priorities. To make a gift to the Campaign, visit www.ohio.edu/give.