The Ohio State University Alumni Association

2015 Alumni Awards recipients

2015 Alumni Awards recipients
La Jolla, California | DDS Dentistry, 1954; Orthodontic Certificate, 1958

Lawrence AndrewsTo orthodontist Lawrence Andrews, a smile is more than just a smile. Andrews’ insights into how human teeth fit together “turned the whole profession on its head,” wrote nominator Brent Larson, director of the Division of Orthodontics in the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. Andrews “fundamentally changed the concept of how braces are made and fit on teeth to make them straight.”

The results go beyond simply making a smile beautiful. Teeth that mesh properly are vital to oral and facial health and function.

Building on a six-decade career, Andrews is a clinical professor at the University of California at San Francisco; co-director of the L.F. Andrews Foundation for Orthodontic Education and Research; and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.

In high school, Andrews was thrilled to meet Les Horvath, Ohio State dental student and Heisman Trophy winner, at a gathering of the Toledo Dental Society. “I made up my mind right there,” Andrews said. “I wanted to go to dental school.”

He also wanted to play football for Ohio State, and after enrolling in the College of Dentistry, he tried out for new coach Woody Hayes. He made the team and earned a letter his first year, but the demands of the dental program forced him to make the difficult decision not to continue.

After serving during the Korean War and completing a residency in orthodontics at Ohio State, Andrews founded a practice in San Diego. For his diplomate thesis for the American Board of Orthodontists, he conducted meticulous studies of occlusion — the fit between the upper and lower teeth. That led to his determination of six significant characteristics of normal occlusion and, in turn, to the establishment of the first universal treatment goals in orthodontics, now taught worldwide.

He then turned his attention to orthodontic appliances. His idea for braces that would automatically direct teeth to the correct position was turned down by several large orthodontic companies, so he hired a machinist to build a prototype, which worked perfectly. Soon after, Andrews founded a company to manufacture his Straight-Wire Appliance System, the use of which is now standard throughout the world.

Today, after years of research and further innovations, Andrews is one of the most influential figures in modern orthodontia, according to nominator Patrick Lloyd, dean of Ohio State’s College of Dentistry. “Dr. Andrews continues to build scientific principles that are changing the way orthodontics is practiced,” Lloyd wrote.

Andrews maintains a private practice in orthodontics and orofacial harmony in San Diego.

Columbus, Ohio | BS Animal Science, 1967; MS Animal Science, 1969

Jack Fisher John C. “Jack” Fisher brings an important perspective to his service to and on behalf of The Ohio State University by representing key stakeholder groups that are directly engaged in Ohio State’s outreach, engagement and research programs and initiatives.

He serves as executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, which is Ohio’s largest general farm organization with more than 201,000 members. He also serves as a member of the Columbus 2020 Economic Development Board and is a former member of Ohio State’s Board of Trustees as well as the board of BioOhio.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture from Ohio State and a master’s degree in counseling from Ball State University. He is a member of Ohio State’s President’s Club and Department of Animal Science Hall of Fame, and he served on the alumni association board. Fisher also was awarded the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Service Award. He holds the FFA Honorary State Farmer Degree and was named to the national FFA Honorary American Farmer Degree in 2005.

Fisher is a member of the vice president’s advisory council for Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In this role, he engages in critical dialogue about the future of the college and ensures that its successes and impacts are articulated to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation membership, including opportunities for new partnerships or collaborations.

Fisher also serves as the co-chair for the college’s But for Ohio State Campaign. He was instrumental in advocating for construction of the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, and his commitment to engage the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation membership in raising funds and awareness for the importance of the facility played a significant role in the project’s overall success. Through his professional networks and organizational membership, Fisher was a strong advocate for this project, which resulted in the first L.E.E.D.-certified building on Ohio State’s campus, recognized for its best-in-class building strategies and practices.

“Throughout his career, Jack Fisher has advocated for The Ohio State University on many levels,” wrote nominator Bruce A. McPheron, PhD, vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “He believes in the role that the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plays in society; he knows the importance of engaged alumni; and he has advocated for resources to enhance the student experience.”

Columbus, Ohio | BS Education, 1957

Dottie Lee WilkerAs an alumni association staff member and then as a volunteer, Dorothy “Dottie” Lee Wilker has been a constant and invaluable force behind Ohio State’s Alumnae Scholarship Housing (ASH) program.

Over the course of its long life, ASH has provided low-cost housing to more than a thousand undergraduates. Currently, about 50 women each year live and work together on campus in a cooperative environment that allows them to grow academically and personally.

When Wilker joined the alumni association in 1986 as director of student programs, coordinating the ASH program was among her many responsibilities. Nominator Elaine Edgar, who served on the ASH advisory board, met her during that time. “She was professional, extremely knowledgeable and helpful,” Edgar wrote. “She willingly gave up many evenings and weekends for meetings and student and alumnae events.”

Wilker joined the advisory board after she retired in 2000. “She went above and beyond what is expected of a board member,” Edgar wrote. When ASH marked its 75th anniversary in 2010, Wilker helped coordinate the celebration. When the advisory board and the ASH alumnae group merged to form the Alumnae Scholarship Housing Society in 2012, Wilker spent countless hours reviewing the bylaws of other societies, setting up processes and coordinating timelines and communications. “Dottie’s perspective always focuses on the benefit to students and their well-being,” Edgar wrote. “She gives thoughtful suggestions and solid advice.”

Wilker continues to work behind the scenes with ASH, doing everything from hosting students at her home and planting flowers to editing newsletters and preserving the history of the organization.

Nominator Pamela Hager, president of the ASH Society, wrote that early in Wilker’s career, when she was teaching at a school near an airport in Heath, Ohio, she used to watch the planes overhead and dream of learning to fly. She went on to earn a private pilot’s license as well as instrument and commercial ratings. “I couldn’t wait to break through those clouds and see the sun,” she told a newspaper interviewer last year.

Thanks to Dottie Wilker and her work with the Alumnae Scholarship Housing program and other groups, many Ohio State students have broken through the clouds and achieved their own dreams.

Columbus, Ohio | BS Zoology, 1976; MA Physical Education, 1978; DDS, 1981; PhD, Pathology, 1990

Susan Mallery Dr. Susan Mallery is a lifelong Buckeye who earned four degrees from Ohio State, and then settled into a successful career as a stellar faculty member at her alma mater.

Mallery was an active student at Ohio State. She was a four-time varsity letter winner in track and field, later earning induction into the Varsity O Hall of Fame. As a professor in the College of Dentistry, she has excelled as an educator and role model for students. She received several instructor and teaching awards and, in 1999, became the first recipient of the Field Faculty Award recognizing excellence in teaching and research.

Dr. Mallery also serves as an oral pathology consultant and researcher at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, where she has dedicated more than 30 years to researching and studying new strategies to preventing oral cancer. Her first chemoprevention breakthrough was the creation of an oral gel based on anthocyanins — powerful antioxidants found in black raspberries — that when applied to the mouth suppress genes associated with functions that enable precancerous cells’ transformation to cancer. While this black raspberry-based gel was beneficial to many, some patients’ lesions were recalcitrant to gel application.

To address the nonresponsive patient subset, Dr. Mallery and her research team, which includes Dr. Peter Larsen, chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, continue to explore additional strategies to locally treat oral precancerous lesions and prevent lesional recurrence and malignant transformation.

Partnering with a longtime colleague and friend from the University of Michigan (Dr. Stephen Schwendeman), Dr. Mallery and her team developed a first-of-its-kind patch that can adhere to the inside of the mouth and deliver a continuous therapeutic dose of a vitamin A derivative directly to the lesion. Through Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization Office, these researchers connected with Venture Therapeutics, a Columbus-based biotechnology research and pharmaceutical development company, to transition the oral patch for human clinical trials. Ohio State and University of Michigan researchers, in conjunction with Venture Therapeutics, created the first joint-venture company in Ohio State’s history, i.e., Sirona Therapeutics. The College of Dentistry is the exclusive treatment site where patients can receive local delivery chemo-preventive treatment for precancerous oral lesions.

“Her loyalty to her alma mater is perhaps exceeded only by her incredible and contagious dedication to science, compassion for patients and devotion to teaching at all levels,” wrote nominator Gregory Ness, DDS, of Ohio State’s College of Dentistry. “Her sustained, substantial impact on Ohio dentistry for both dental education and cancer research nationwide make her a superb candidate for this award.”

Versailles, Ohio | MD Medicine, 1990

Anne Klamar What makes Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar’s career so admirable isn’t any one thing; it’s all of it — all the pieces, all the variety, all the selfless acts and stunning achievements that make up this role model’s inspirational story.

Part of that story can be traced back to The Ohio State University, where Klamar graduated from the College of Medicine with honors in family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics, while also walking away with the Family Medicine Award upon graduation.

After a residency in family medicine, she began a medical practice while helping her families’ business, Midmark, Inc. — a global manufacturer and supplier of medical, dental and veterinary equipment, products and diagnostic software celebrating its 100th year in 2015. Through her work at Midmark, Klamar has become an international industry leader whose business prowess helped her rise to president in 2000 and CEO in 2003, helping it grow through the acquisition of eight companies while extending its global outreach.

Klamar’s leadership has placed Midmark on the path toward $1 billion in annual sales as it has expanded to employ more than 1,600 teammates worldwide. Midmark has also been named one of the Healthiest Companies in America every year since 2007.

“Midmark is now a global economic engine in Ohio,” wrote Lonnie King, dean and professor in Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Klamar has the rare combination of corporate executive and doctor.”

Meanwhile, her work as an educator and mentor has had an amazing impact. Among her many overseas efforts, Klamar funds and works to educate girls in Kenya to allow them the ability to attend high school and pursue careers. Her mentoring doesn’t end there. She contributes to Ohio State’s College of Medicine’s Women in White Coats program, mentoring female students. She also co-founded and chairs Professional Women in Healthcare, a nationwide mentorship, education and networking organization of more than 500 women in health care.

Her pursuits as a healer also know no bounds — or borders — as Klamar and her husband, Dr. Rob Klamar, helped establish the Kishon Clinic, a medical and dental clinic in rural Kenya that offers clinical care in an area that desperately needs it. This facility serves as a clinical training site for Ohio State medical students focused on global health.

Anne and Rob Klamar are also very active College of Medicine alumni volunteers. They generously gifted Ohio State with $100,000 for travel scholarships for medical students interested in global health rotations.

Pickerington, Ohio | BS Agriculture and Applied Economics, 2003; JD, 2006

Chad Endsley Growing up on a farm in Coshocton County as the son of Ohio State graduates, Chad Endsley was born a Buckeye and born into agriculture.

Those two lifelong passions led Endsley to Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and into a career as a leading advocate for the Ohio farming industry, which generates $105 billion annually and is the state’s No. 1 industry.

After graduating from the Moritz College of Law in 2006, Endsley worked at a private law firm in Columbus for four years before moving to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation in March 2010. He served as director of agricultural law for three years before being named general counsel in 2013.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is the largest agricultural organization in Ohio with more than 200,000 members. The organization works on legislation, regulations and issues affecting agriculture, rural areas and Ohio citizens in general.

“It’s essential that the Ohio Farm Bureau meets and exceeds all its legal responsibilities in order to serve its members, and Chad makes sure we meet that goal,” said John C. Fisher, the farm bureau’s executive vice president.

In addition to the Ohio Farm Bureau, Endsley is on the OSU Extension Advisory Committee and represented the group last year at the Public Issues Leadership Development conference in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Campaign Committee and was recently asked to serve as president of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus.

Endsley also is a 4-H Cloverbud Club advisor and serves on the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board.

“I can honestly says that Chad is one of the most dedicated, intelligent and credible professionals and volunteers I have ever had the opportunity to work with,” said Angela N. Krile, immediate past chair of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board. “Chad has been an integral part of the board — helping not only to shape and form its policies, procedures, events and programs, but also in being a strong, steady voice of reason, providing a valuable perspective with both his calming nature and his professional expertise.”

While at Ohio State, Endsley was a student member of the university’s Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the Ohio Union Planning Committee and a member of the Ohio Union’s Brick Society and was asked to speak when the building recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Endsley and his wife, Katy, live in Pickerington, Ohio, with their three children.

Atlanta, Georgia | BS Business Administration, 1963

William GueBill Gue had three primary goals when he became president of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Atlanta in 1993. In addition to providing a home base for alumni to celebrate their Buckeye heritage, he wanted to increase the club’s scholarship fund and promote the alumni association and Ohio State itself in the Atlanta and north Georgia areas.

Mission accomplished. Gue ended up serving as president for 16 years. During his tenure, the Atlanta club grew from 60 to nearly 300 dues-paying members. The alumni association named it an Outstanding Alumni Club for the first time in 1996, and it went on to earn the award 11 more times.

The first part of his vision was to give the Atlanta club a home that would support its scholarship fundraising efforts. The club had met at a number of locations for social functions over the years, with limited stability and no financial support. Through Gue’s leadership, the club began a relationship with an Atlanta restaurant that lasted 18 years and added thousands of dollars to the scholarship fund.

He also helped the club promote Ohio State by working with the university’s admissions office to place volunteers at college fairs throughout Atlanta and the surrounding area.

Gue shared his ideas and expertise with other clubs and alumni by serving on President Gordon Gee’s National Public Affairs Advisory Group in 1995 and on the Alumni Club Advisory Team. He was honored with the alumni association’s Best Buckeye Award in 1997.

In nominating him for the Mershon Award, current Atlanta club president Shawn Murnahan described his “creative and diligent efforts” to grow the club’s scholarship fund, including golf tournaments, silent auctions and game-day raffles. The endowment, which was established in 1997 with $5,000, now stands at more than $370,000 and supports a full-tuition scholarship for one student from the Atlanta area each year. Murnahan noted that with such a strong foundation, the club should be able to fund the scholarship in perpetuity.

Gue’s leadership in establishing the fund was “the major accomplishment of his tenure as president,” Murnahan said. “Bill often said the Atlanta club made him proud to be a Buckeye. Today, all Atlanta Buckeyes are very proud of him.”

Chesterfield, Missouri | BS Animal Science, 1970; MS Animal Science, 1973

William SimonHe may be a longtime resident of the “Show Me State,” but William “Bill” Simon’s heart has always been wrapped in scarlet and gray. And because of his unselfish efforts, Simon has helped create a “Buckeye friendly” oasis in St. Louis while contributing greatly to Ohio State.

A generous donor and member of the President’s Club, Simon has been a tireless alumni club volunteer and leader while excelling in the business world. For his many years of exceptional leadership and service to Ohio State, he has been selected a 2015 Ralph Davenport Mershon Award recipient.

After graduation, Simon and his wife Judy settled in St. Louis and dedicated themselves to the area’s Ohio State Alumni Club. Simon became club president in 2012 after working as treasurer from 2008 to 2012, helping improve its financial stability while overseeing numerous fundraisers and activities.

His accomplishments are inspiring. Of note, he led a major effort to create an Endowment Scholarship that recruits excellent students from St. Louis for Ohio State while making their education more affordable. This past year, his work helped the club reach a long-term goal of $50,000, an increase of $8,000 from a year ago. This provided three scholarships per year to local students. To date, nearly 20 St. Louis area students have received much-needed financial support.

Simon’s contributions truly hit home in how he impacts individuals. “When I moved to St. Louis in 2010, I knew few people and decided to contact the alumni club,” Chelsea Dearth wrote. “Bill immediately responded … and offered to be a ‘job coach.’ I am incredibly grateful for his warm welcome and assistance, and I am one of the many new alumni he has assisted.”

After earning two degrees from Ohio State, Simon completed his MBA at Washington University while working, and served two terms on the local board of education. His career was a steady stream of success in a number of positions, including manager for Ralston Purina, director of marketing at Hunter Engineering and vice president and COO of the Center for Emerging Technologies. He has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration for his innovative service and business acumen.

Now, as a retired executive, Simon uses his expertise by working with startup organizations as the co-founder of the crowd-funding site PropelFund.com, as CEO of an early-stage cancer diagnostic company and as a grant reviewer for NSF and NIFA.

Columbus, Ohio | BA Economics, 1997; MBA Marketing, 2005

Ryan MillerRyan Miller made a big name for himself as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, but he has made a bigger impact as a businessman, volunteer and mentor.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to impact others and be a positive force in my sphere of influence,” Miller said. “Whether that be at home, at m2 marketing or at the 2nd & 7 Foundation, the goal is simple: Be the best person you can be to everyone.”

Miller played football at Ohio State from 1992 to 1996 and was a member of the famed “Silver Bullets” defense that helped the Buckeyes beat Arizona State 20-17 in the 1997 Rose Bowl. He was named the team’s co-defensive player of the year as a senior.

Upon graduation, Miller worked in television and radio in Columbus, including a stint as a sports anchor at WBNS-10TV. He later partnered with Megan McCabe, a former Ohio State women’s basketball player, to form m2 marketing, a web development and graphic design firm.

Miller is best known as the co-founder of the nonprofit 2nd & 7 Foundation, which began in 1999 with the goal to promote literacy and provide positive role models for children in central Ohio. He and co-founders Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel started a football camp and used the proceeds to buy books for local classrooms. (The first camp generated enough money to provide seven 2nd grade classrooms with new books, hence the name 2nd & 7 Foundation).

Sixteen years later, the 2nd & 7 Foundation has expanded nationally. In the 2013-14 school year, student-athletes from Ohio State read to more than 5,000 students in 58 central Ohio schools. In 16 years, more than 150,000 books have been given to 2nd grade students across the country. All books are written by 2nd & 7 Foundation staff and volunteers and feature the Hog Mollies characters and lessons about teamwork, diversity, doing the right thing, persistence and being kind.

Miller was one of the first featured guests at “Real Life Wednesdays,” a program established by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer to teach life lessons to Buckeye football players.

“Ryan is one of the most civic-minded individuals I have come across in my years as a football coach in numerous college settings and communities,” Meyer said. “He is more than willing to jump in at a moment’s notice and contribute at any and all costs to make a charitable activity a success.”

Ryan and his wife, Lauren, live in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with their three children.

Born 1965

Brutus The legendary names in Ohio State football history include Woody Hayes, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer. But while coaches come and go, only one iconic figure has roamed the sidelines of Ohio Stadium for the past 50 years.

Brutus Buckeye, who has been cheering for Ohio State since October 30, 1965, will celebrate his 50th birthday in 2015.

Ohio State students Ray Bourhis and Sally Lanyon, with the help of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and Ohio Staters, built a papier-mache mascot that appeared at the Homecoming football game against Minnesota in 1965.

The mascot was a huge hit, and the following month a naming contest was held. Art student Kerry J. Reed submitted the name “Brutus the Buckeye.”

The earliest versions of Brutus feature a large Buckeye nut head, with only legs sticking out. Minor changes were made through the years before an “evil” Brutus debuted in 1975. That version had an unfriendly sneer and a smaller head that did not resemble a buckeye nut. The previous costume quickly returned.

In 1977, a smaller version of the original look returned. This time, he had a Block O cap. In 1981, the costume underwent major changes that resulted in a smaller head resting on Brutus shoulders and a red tunic that allowed for more flexibility.

The modern-day Brutus, who is a member of the university’s Spirit Squad, began to take shape in1984, when the mascot wore a scarlet-and-gray striped jersey with “Brutus” across the front and the No. 00 on the back. Minor changes were made though the years before the Brutus that we know today was introduced in 1998.

Brutus Buckeye appears at approximately 300 sporting events and 200 non-sporting events each year. He was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007.

Brutus has been featured in commercials for ESPN and Home Depot and has appeared in college football and college basketball video games. He even once appeared as a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and, in 1999, authored a book, The Spirit of a Buckeye: Brutus Buckeye’s Lessons for Life.

You can track Brutus’ every move by following him on Twitter @Brutus_Buckeye. He has more than 103,000 followers, believed to be the most among college mascots.

Silver Springs, Maryland | PhD Educational Administration, 1975; DRH, Law, 1990

Leonard Haynes Many are measured by honors and accomplishments, but a select few are remembered for how they’ve impacted lives. Dr. Leonard L. Haynes III is in that rare company, having distinguished himself as an educator and public servant while benefitting his fellow man.

“Dr. Leonard L. Haynes III has made the lives of those he comes in contact with better, either through his expertise, leadership guidance or generosity,” wrote Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Dr. Haynes, currently the senior director for institutional service in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, earned a BA in history from Southern University, an MA in American history from Carnegie-Mellon University and a PhD in higher education administration from Ohio State.

He has been a member of the faculties of Southern, Howard and George Washington universities and is recognized as an expert on desegregation of public higher education and how it impacts public Black colleges. He has served in administrative positions, including as acting president of Grambling State University and as executive vice president of the Southern University System.

President George H.W. Bush made Dr. Haynes the first African American nominated and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary of postsecondary education and director of academic programs for the United States Information Agency (now the State Department, Education and Cultural Affairs).

President George W. Bush made Dr. Haynes special assistant to the secretary of education in 2001. In 2003, he served as director for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

In 2007, Dr. Haynes was named executive director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHI-HBCU), then director of institutional services for the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Haynes is the recipient of 13 honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Ohio State. In 2005, The John Glenn School of Public Service and Management (now, John Glenn College of Public Affairs) recognized him as the 16th recipient of its annual award for public service. He is listed in the 2011 publication, “From Excellence to Eminence: 100 Years of African America Achievement at The Ohio State University” and was inducted into the College of Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame in 2012.