Top Gifts and Givers
We are humbled by every gift we receive from our alumni and friends, whether it be $10, $100 or $100,000. But we want to recognize some of our most transformational gifts and givers.
Vernon R. Alden: $7.2 million
Larry A. and Mary A. Gates: $10 million
Leona H. Hughes: $3.5 million
Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy: $10.5 million
Wilfred R. and Ann Lee Konneker: $16.5 million
Frank P. and Margaret M. Krasovec: $20 million
The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations: $119 million
Violet L. Patton: $41.3 million
Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ: $132 million
Steven L. Schoonover: $8.4 million
The Scripps Howard Foundation: $20 million
C. Paul and Beth K. Stocker: $18 million
Charles R. and Marilyn Stuckey Jr.: $5.7 million
Robert D. and Margaret M. Walter: $12.4 million
Ohio University President Emeritus Vernon Alden remembers with fondness the seven years he and his wife, Marion Parson Alden, spent at Ohio University. His desire to honor her contributions — and to see that the library bearing his name retains its role as an educational and technological leader — prompted a number of transformational gifts over the years.
Larry A. Gates and his wife, Mary, took bold steps to illustrate their belief both in the youth of Ross County, Ohio, and the value of higher education. The couple committed $10 million to create The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholar’s Fund, which provides scholarship support for students from the Ross County high schools who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a college education.
Leona Hughes was a donor not only of resources but also of time and ideas. She worked for Ohio University for 11 years, served for 15 years on the Ohio University Alumni Association Board and was a member of The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees for nine years.
The Kennedy Museum is named in honor of Edwin and Ruth Kennedy, lifetime supporters of Ohio University. Thanks to the generosity of the Kennedys, the Museum has grown into a world-class institution, bringing to the University and the region a wide range of permanent collections and traveling exhibitions, educational programming and special tours.
Wilfred R. (BS ’43, MS ’47, LLD ’80) and Ann Lee Konneker (HON ’80) Lifetime Giving Total: $16.5 million
The Konnekers have been two of Ohio University’s most dedicated supporters. Will was a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees, having served as chairman from 1982-87.
In 2001, Frank and Margaret Krasovec made history with their $20 million gift, the largest single gift ever pledged to the University at the time. Frank, a Texas businessman and two-time alumnus of OHIO’s College of Business, designated the gift primarily to his former College to improve programs and support students and faculty.
In 2011, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations awarded $105 million to Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, representing the largest private donation ever given to a college or university in Ohio. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the award is the fourth largest gift ever given to a U.S. medical school and ranks among the top 50 gifts ever given to a higher education institution in the U.S.
On January 11, 2010, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis announced a private gift of $13.3 million from 1938 alumna Dr. Violet L. Patton to benefit arts education at OHIO and provide for the establishment of The Violet L. Patton Center for Arts Education.
Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ made their first gift to Ohio University -- $25 -- in 1962. Since then, they have become OHIO’s top donors, amassing a lifetime giving total of more than $132 million.
Ohio University alumnus Steven L. Schoonover lead efforts to consolidate Scripps College of Communication programs, components of which were housed in nine buildings across the Athens campus.
Since funding its first scholarship at Ohio University in 1966, the Scripps Howard Foundation has been a partner in Ohio University's mission to create a dynamic learning environment for future generations of communicators.
C. Paul (BSEE ’26, ENGD ’74) and Beth K. Stocker (BS ’28, HON ’03) Lifetime Giving Total: $31.5 million
The legacy of C. Paul and Beth K. Stocker took root at Ohio University in 1962 with a gift of $500. Since that time, the couple established themselves as two of OHIO’s greatest benefactors, contributing more than $31 million to OHIO’s students, faculty, and programs.
In 2000, alumnus and Foundation Trustee Chuck Stuckey and his wife, Marilyn, contributed $250,000 to the Russ College to establish the Charles R. and Marilyn Stuckey Jr. Professorship. Just four years later, the couple made a $5 million gift that pushed the Russ College beyond its Bicentennial Campaign goal and helped shape the future of the College.
Named in their honor, Margaret M. Walter Hall was completed in December, 2003, and dedicated on April 16, 2004. It was built on the former site of Trautwein Field, adjacent to Bicentennial Park. The building was made possible by a $5 million gift from Robert D. Walter, former chairman of the Ohio University Board of Trustees and CEO of Cardinal Health Inc., and his wife, Margaret "Peggy" McGreevy Walter.