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Founders Citations awarded for first time in 26 years

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2003) -- As Ohio University continues its bicentennial celebration, the university's Board of Trustees will present its highest honor, the Founders Citation, to 14 distinguished individuals. The board last awarded the citation in 1977.

Recipients have distinguished themselves through exemplary service to the university, whether as faculty or staff members, loyal alumni, devoted volunteers or generous philanthropists. The citation recognizes their significant and singular contributions to the excellence of Ohio's first university.

During the bicentennial year, the trustees will present citations to:

  • Eric Wagner, emeritus professor of sociology and chairman of the faculty/staff phase of the Ohio University Third Century Campaign;
  • Beth K. Stocker, alumna, philanthropist and honorary co-chair of the Ohio University Third Century Campaign;
  • Jeanette Grasselli Brown, alumna, philanthropist and former university and Foundation Board trustee;
  • Leona Hughes, alumna, benefactor and former Alumni Board and Foundation Board trustee;
  • Robert Mahn, registrar emeritus and former secretary to the Board of Trustees;
  • Wilfred Konneker, alumnus, university and foundation trustee, philanthropist and co-chair of the Ohio University Third Century Campaign;
  • G. Kenner Bush, former university and foundation trustee, philanthropist;
  • Charles Ping, president emeritus of Ohio University and co-director of the Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program;
  • Donald Spencer, former university trustee and member of the Library Major Gifts Committee for the Ohio University Third Century Campaign;
  • Daniel K.C. Shao, alumnus, foundation trustee and philanthropist;
  • Joan Galbreath Phillips, alumna, former university and foundation trustee, philanthropist;
  • Charles R. Emrick Jr., alumnus, former university and foundation trustee, philanthropist and co-chair of the Ohio University Bicentennial Campaign; and
  • Fritz and Dolores Russ. Fritz is an alumnus and former University and Foundation trustee; Dolores is an honorary alumna. The Russes have been most generous benefactors to Ohio University, and particularly to the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Ohio University President Emeritus John C. Baker received the first Founders Citation in 1961, followed by John W. Galbreath (1967), alumnus, businessman, and philanthropist; Vernon R. Alden (1969), president emeritus; Robert Morton (1972), professor emeritus of mathematics and noted author; Edwin L. Kennedy (1976), alumnus, businessman and philanthropist; and Fred H. Johnson (1977), former trustee.

Professor Emeritus Eric Wagner will become the sixth-ever recipient and the first this year on Sept. 19 at the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony.

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Media contact: Media specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

 
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