A Fitting Tribute: Jim Demuth
September 11, 2012
Jim and Molly Demuth were Buckeye fans in their own right before they met. Both were graduates of The Ohio State University, and they had a passion for Ohio State football.
When they met at a home football game in 1985, they had an immediate connection. After more than two decades together, building their careers and raising a family, Molly passed away in 2007.
“Molly is still the most ardent Buckeye fan I knew in all my life,” said Jim. In tribute to Molly and to recognize her passion for Ohio State, an annual scholarship was set up to benefit students in Tuscarawas County. “It won’t pay for their whole education, but what I see happening is that it’s the igniter. It gets the process started,” he said.
So far, the Molly Demuth Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to eight students, with additional scholarships to be presented this year. Jim works with the Ohio State Alumni Club of Tuscarawas County’s scholarship committee to select and award the scholarships. “I have personally presented every one of them,” he said. The scholarships are also a form of recognition for the student. “I think it goes a long way toward generating that overall excitement of getting into Ohio State.”
Jim is a longtime President’s Club member, and his appreciation for the organization has grown over time. “The President’s Club is a class organization that puts you in association with a lot of fine people. The organization has evolved over the years into quite the leadership club of Ohio State,” he said. “It’s something l like continuing to be involved in—that tradition of discovering new ideas and meeting new people.”
The Buckeye traditions continue with the Demuth family. Jim has been a season ticket holder since 1977 and has missed very few games. The friendships and relationships he started as a student more than 30 years ago continue today. And now there is a new Buckeye generation: son Brendan is a sophomore at Ohio State, and daughter Jackie will be one of the newest Buckeyes this fall as part of the 2016 freshman class
Jim summed up his feelings about Ohio State: “There is something about the mystique, traditions, and the people you meet at Ohio State that keep me engaged.”