Ralph Schey

Ralph Schey

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University mourns alumnus Ralph Schey

Schey and wife, Luci, established the Sales Centre

Ralph E. Schey, Ohio University alumnus and friend, died in his home on Sept. 11. 

Schey (BSCO '48, LLD '87) generously gave his time and talent in myriad ways to Ohio University and other organizations over the years. He served on the boards of Ohio University, The Cleveland Clinic, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Sherwin Williams, and also in the Ohio Board of Regents.  

The University recognized his legacy of service and giving over the years through awards such as the College of Business Award for Achievement in Business and The Ohio University Foundation's highest honor, the John C. Baker Award.  

Schey and his wife, Luci, named the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre, which is one of only 11 sales programs in the nation. The Centre supports research, scholarships, operating expenses, visits from nationally known speakers, professional trainers, workshops and sales symposia that allow current students to interact with professionals in the field.

Schey, who received his master's degree from the Harvard University Business School, was the executive vice president of Clevite Corp. and the CEO and chair of the board of Scott and Fetzer conglomerate from 1974 until his retirement in 2000.  

Investment tycoon Warren Buffet, who bought Scott and Fetzer in 1986 and kept Schey at its helm, remembered Schey.

"He was a terrific business person," Buffet said. "What really impressed me was [Schey's] breadth of knowledge about each of the companies. He could have run any or each."  

Schey was also a veteran of World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned five Bronze Stars. His son, Larry Schey, lives in Athens, Ohio, and is a former member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees.