Our sincere gratitude goes out to these alumni and friends who have recently made generous gifts to Otterbein

by | Oct 23, 2023 | Philanthropy.

Emily Bale Warner ’58, P’80 and Robert E. “Bud” Warner Jr. ’56, P’80 have donated $25,000 to create the Robert and Emily Bale Warner Scholarship, which will help future generations of Otterbein students achieve their dreams and goals in life.

The Annie Mary and Ashley Dowdy Scholarship endowment has been established by Janet Dowdy Granger ’69, through a pledge of $25,000, to support nursing students. The gift honors Granger’s parents, who had a deep love and respect for the nursing profession and higher education.

Undergraduate nursing students gain hands-on experiences in and out of clinical laboratories.

The Otterbein “O” Club Foundation gifted $23,000 to support renovations in the Rike Center athletic weight room. The “O” Club has been supporting athletics capital campaigns and special projects since 1955.

Emily Smith Curie ’66 has donated $27,000 to honor her late husband, Donald, by creating the Emily ’66 and Donald Curie Scholarship to support students with a passion for theatre as they work to achieve the dream of making a life in professional theatre.

Otterbein received a $100,000 gift from the Betty A. Campbell Trust to create an endowed scholarship. Betty was married to late alumnus John Campbell ’61 and was instrumental in fostering past support for Otterbein from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, where she worked for many years.

The Howard ’55 and Virginia ’55 Longmire Endowed Scholarship Fund will be created through a generous gift from alumna Virginia Phillippi Longmire ’55. Their four years at Otterbein were highlighted by participation in numerous musical endeavors, all made possible by financial assistance programs. Otterbein provided Howard and Ginny the opportunity to gain a valuable educational experience and this endowment is established to help future students continue their music legacy.

Ric Spicer ’61 and Will Spitler, longtime friends of the University, recently gave a generous gift of $15,000 to support the Otterbein Fund, the unrestricted fund that benefits all areas of campus.

Vernon L. Pack ’50 continued his longstanding support with a generous gift to the Otterbein Fund. Otterbein is currently working on plans for the 2024 Vernon L. Pack ’50 Lecture next spring, so watch for details soon!


Author Heather McGhee and Vernon L. Pack ’50

The Westerville Otterbein Women’s Club has continued its long legacy of supporting students with its recent $45,000 gift to their existing scholarship endowments. Annual proceeds from the WOWC’s Thrift Shop, located at 177 W. Park St. on campus, support their donations to the University each year.

Mark Plaumann P’22 and Marilyn Wilson P’22, parents of graduate Mason Plaumann ’22, made a generous $45,000 pledge to create the Plaumann Family Equine Endowment and support the Otterbein Fund.

Equine IDA 2023 Champions

The gift will provide support for the distinguished equine science program and award-winning equestrian riding teams.

Mary Pat Knight H’00 and Dr. Douglas R. Knight ’63 have donated $20,000 to support the purchase of a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer for the Department of Chemistry. The equipment will help to expand interdisciplinary work with the Department of Art and Art History, further enriching STEAM research at Otterbein.

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