Meet Our Donors

Going the Extra (3/4) Mile
"The church and Ohio Wesleyan were the two pillars my grandfather always counted on," says grandson of Sterling Pfeiffer '38. Read how Sterling and his wife, Meredith, built a legacy that will positively impact OWU students and their community for generations to come. More

OWU Strong : From Loss to Legacy
Kathrine Grissom '92 is honoring her late mother's selflessness with an estate gift to OWU. The Mary Ellen Grissom Endowed Fund will provide comprehensive support for first-generation students at OWU. More

Making Affordable Education a Reality
A retired head and neck surgeon, Dr. Diane Y. Petersen ’66 attended OWU on scholarship. Using both a planned gift and a cash gift to finance an endowed scholarship, Diane is able to support students who need the help now. More

Service Scholars
Grace Ison '23 and Carissa Silet '23 created a small living community for students who share a commitment to community service. They can continue their learning and leadership thanks to scholarship support. More

Inspiring Students With Faculty Innovation
The Shanklin Family knows well that great things happen when great minds are given the resources to learn and create. Dr. Robert E. Shanklin served as department chair of Geology for 16 years and was instrumental in establishing the Geography major. Dr. Shanklin touched the lives of thousands of students over his 45 years at Ohio Wesleyan, many of whom still remember him fondly decades later. More

Taking the Back Roads to OWU
It was by chance that Kathy Mandusic Finley '77 stumbled upon Ohio Wesleyan. Her mother was determined that Kathy have the college education that she wasn't able to, so the two embarked on college visits together. On the way back from a lackluster visit to another college, Kathy and her mother decided to take the back roads home and came upon OWU. It was late on a Friday afternoon, but they stopped in the admission office, where a staff member stayed to take them all over campus, impressing them with a personal touch. More

Investing in Ohio Wesleyan, Today and Tomorrow
Like many Ohio Wesleyan alumni, John Bassett '63 and Kay Hobart Bassett '63 share happy memories of their years at Ohio Wesleyan and of their many experiences after OWU, including their wedding in 1964. They recall the vibrancy of OWU's liberal arts campus, strong friendships, and especially the memorable professors whose voices linger long after they've gone. More

Hard Work and Thoughtful Planning
Dr. Jim Morris believed in the importance of education, and deeply valued the education he received at OWU. His gift will benefit OWU students for years to come. More

Returning What's Been Given
In high school, Daly Walker '62 originally came to Ohio Wesleyan's campus with the intent of visiting his sister, who was already a student there. Little did he realize, he was visiting the right college for him, too. More

Lifelong Legacy
Wendy Wood '76 has had a lifelong love for Ohio Wesleyan. To honor her time at OWU and make a difference for future students, Wendy made us a part of her legacy. More

(K)Nocking at Your Door
Denis Nock '58 has had a plethora of successful experiences and challenges during his six-plus decades at such prestigious international companies as Bristol-Meyers, Hayden-Miller & Company investment bankers, and for the past 19 years, Colorado Financial Management (CFM) in Boulder. More

Nault Knows Best
Dick Nault has devoted four decades of his life to OWU. He also created an endowment that will help OWU students for years to come. More

A Lifetime of Leadership and Loyalty
Lloyd Ferguson ’62 describes the simplicity of streamlining his philanthropic generosity for Ohio Wesleyan with an IRA rollover gift. More

A Love Story
Diane Mulvihill Millard ’59 didn’t know it at the time, but she helped her future husband, Bob ‘60, decide to enroll at Ohio Wesleyan more than 60 years ago. More

Mary's Story: Make Sure You Share Your Charitable Intentions With OWU
A lifelong music lover, Mary wanted to leave a lasting legacy to benefit the music program at Ohio Wesleyan, her beloved alma mater.  More

Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Meet Susan Howe
Susan Howe '81 calls herself "the accidental CPA." It's not that she isn't quite proud of her fulfilling 25-year career at Ernst & Young, or more recently, after retiring, of going out on her own to do contract work for PricewaterhouseCoopers. More

The Best Gift of All
Pete Kakel '69 has fond memories of Ohio Wesleyan University that inspired him and wife, Lois, to join Ohio Wesleyan's Tower Society and support named endowments for a faculty member and soccer coach. While the campus looks quite different than 50 years ago, he says it still feels like home. More

Committed to Shaping Young Minds
Bert and Peggy DuPont '61 want to see the difference their planned gifts will have on the Ohio Wesleyan community and know they are making a difference after their lifetime. The powerhouse science couples have made a two-pronged planned gift in order to ensure OWU will continue to lead in the science and research. More

Attracting and Retaining the Best
For the late Dr. George Peters '29 and his wife, Louise, talented and dedicated college professors were to be valued, supported and sought after. A gift in their will is helping carry on that belief. More

Leading By Example: Meet George and Mimi Ross
George and Mimi Ross, Ohio Wesleyan Class of 1963, lead by example, adhering to the belief that they have a double duty-"to care for our own lives as well as for those who follow," George says.Through the couple's strong leadership, commitment to supporting Ohio Wesleyan and their unwavering dedication to increasing their classmates' engagement with OWU, George and Mimi have demonstrated the many ways alumni can support OWU. More

How You Can Help Protect OWU's Historic Buildings
Even before an anonymous OWU couple donated $8 million to repair Merrick Hall, Billie Bower granted a portion of her estate to preserving the building. Are you ready to join Billie in saving OWU's historic buildings? More

The Gift of Stock: A Win-Win Situation
John Lippincott '63 has found that donating stock to Ohio Wesleyan benefits him as well as the University. "By giving these securities to the University, I am able to avoid paying federal, long-term capital gains tax," he explains. That's not all: Gifts of common stock entitle him to a tax deduction for the stock's current market value. Donating stock isn't the only way he is making a difference at Ohio Wesleyan, however. More

Pat Ferry's Family Hands Down a Belief in Giving
Pat Ferry's dad handed down a belief in giving. "He was just that kind of person," she says. And now Pat and her family are handing down an endowment to help OWU education. More

Tower Society Profile: Patricia Frasher Papoi '66 and David Papoi '65
Although they thought about it early in life, it wasn't until their daughter began her college search that David and Pat Papoi decided it was time to give back to their alma mater. "It's never too late. ...That's the wonderful thing about it." Dave says. More

Kerns Support OWU with a Charitable Gift Annuity
For George and Joan Kerns, it all started 64 years ago on a train from New York City to Delaware, Ohio. When the couple met on that train, they had no idea that a lifetime of love-for each other and Ohio Wesleyan-had begun. More

Train Ride Forever Changes Course of Two OWU Students
Was it fate? Who'd know where two donors' lives would be had they not boarded a train to OWU together? Learn why they've included OWU in their estate plans. More

A Perfect Connection
Thanks to the advice of a good friend and a great campus visit, Barbara Bruce '64, a charter Tower Society member since 1991, fell in love with Ohio Wesleyan many years ago. More

A Perfect Match Still-And Always
For Jim '56 and Hope Hainer Metzger '59, Tower Society members for almost a year, Ohio Wesleyan was an amazing place, filled with eyeopening social and intellectual experiences. More

Richard H. Bohr, Class of '43
Richard H. Bohr '43 is an avid sportsman who can still be found on the ski slopes or at the tennis courts with his wife, Georgette. More

Judith L. Schultz, Class of '65
Prior to a career move into public relations in 1991, Judi Schultz was a well-regarded business journalist and editor with the Dayton Daily News and the now defunct Journal Herald in Dayton for 19 years. In all, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 26 years. More

Judith Jones, Class of '69
Throughout her varied career, Judith Jones '69 had the opportunity to travel the world and to experience its different cultures. Today, she enjoys the natural splendor of her surroundings at her home on Sanibel Island. She credits much of her success and good fortune to her Ohio Wesleyan education. More

Jack A. Smith, Class of '49
Jack A. Smith '49 and his wife Peg (Oberlin '55 ), wanted to make gifts to both of their alma maters. More

Genesis of a Unitrust
It was pre-ordained that a young woman named Margaret Moltrup should enroll in 1929 at Ohio Wesleyan University. More

Planned Gift Will Benefit Ross Art Museum
Fred and Marilyn recently created a Charitable Remainder Unitrust for which Ohio Wesleyan serves as trustee. More

McFaddens Give Back to OWU Through a Charitable Gift Annuity
When Marty Phelps was applying to college, she was inspired by her pastor, Edgar N. Jackson (OWU '32). More

Contact Info


University Advancement Office
Mowry Alumni Center
61 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3078
F 740-368-3328


Jenny Batchelder, JD
Director of Gift Planning
P  740-368-3043
F  740-368-3328