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Tom Weihe (left) and Gwen Weihe at the Men’s Locker Room Dedication event.

Tom Weihe (left) and Gwen Weihe at the Men’s Locker Room Dedication event.

Photo courtesy of: Gwen Weihe

Tom Weihe (left) and Gwen Weihe (right) join OHIO Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Christian at the Men’s Locker Room Dedication ceremony.

Tom Weihe (left) and Gwen Weihe (right) join OHIO Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jim Christian at the Men’s Locker Room Dedication ceremony.

Photo courtesy of: Gwen Weihe

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Donation assists OHIO Men’s Basketball locker room renovation, honors a family of Bobcats


Ohio University received a lead gift of $100,000 from alumni Tom and Gwen Weihe that helped fund a renovation project of the Men’s Basketball team’s locker room at the Convocation Center.

“We both graduated from OHIO and this gift was one way to give back to the University,” Tom Weihe said. “It was a way of thanking the University for everything it did to prepare me for a successful career.” he said. “OHIO was instrumental in forming me. It taught me to be a successful person.”

Weihe explains that he can also attribute his accomplishments to his parents and specifically his father, who taught him about the importance of making an impact in the world. Tragically, Weihe’s father was killed in an airplane accident when Tom was 12-years-old. However, his father’s words have stuck with him throughout his life.

“He taught me that when you make money, do good work and work hard. It’s your obligation to take that money and do good works with it,” Tom Weihe said. “When you do well, it’s your responsibility to share those things with others.”

The Weihe’s gift is recognized outside the locker room with a plaque that reads, “To all of the Weihe and Gump family members who attended Ohio.”

“Many of our family members went to Ohio University,” he said. “This is a way of recognizing the Gump and Weihe family at Ohio University.”

The Weihe’s have supported numerous football team projects as well, such as the renovation of the coach’s offices and conference room. When asked to help with the basketball team, they couldn’t refuse.

Tom Weihe, a 1961 graduate of The Patton College of Education, played varsity soccer for OHIO. He serves on the Ohio University Foundation Board and is a member of The Promise Lives Campaign Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics. Gwen Weihe is also a 1961 Patton College of Education graduate and serves as the Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University Programming Co-Chair.

The Weihes’ gift is part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University’s capital campaign which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015. The Campaign has raised more than $425 million in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/campaign.