A Love Story

Leaving a Lasting Legacy Through a Gift Annuity

Diane and Bob Millard

Diane and Bob Millard gave back to OWU with a charitable gift annuity.

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. And it all started with a blind date, orchestrated by fellow classmate, Frank Sargent ’59.

“Bob had been visiting potential colleges, having graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago,” recalls Diane.

After meeting on their date and getting to know each other, the couple married the day before Bob graduated from OWU in June 1960. He was a pre-dentistry major and Diane chose early childhood education. They raised their three children in Plymouth, Mich., where Bob practiced oral surgery for 18 years before retiring in 1992. Diane taught in Ann Arbor while he completed his dental and oral-maxillofacial training at the University of Michigan, and then for many years in Plymouth.

The Millards fondly recall their time at Ohio Wesleyan—and the extent to which their lives and careers were impacted by the university. Their loyalty and admiration for OWU has everything to do with how well the Millards were prepared to meet life’s challenges and succeed in their chosen professions.

“Giving back to our alma mater by participating in OWU’s charitable gift annuity program, enables us to leave a lasting legacy and demonstrate how much Ohio Wesleyan has meant to both of us,” says Diane. “It is also a form of a profitable quarterly savings plan—a stipend—received personally and deposited in our bank account while we are still here to profit from this ‘payback gift.’”

What began as a blind date for the Millards, resulted in a full life together and, as Diane believes, a clear vision that Ohio Wesleyan will continue to shape young minds and help students to achieve their dreams.

Want to show your commitment to the future of OWU? Please contact us at 740-368-3043 for more information on making a gift like the Millards have.

Contact Info


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


Jenny Batchelder, JD
Director of Gift Planning
P  740-368-3043
F  740-368-3328
E  jajoerge@owu.edu