With her natural leadership, kind demeanor and boundless enthusiasm for Ohio State, Nancy Lohman easily brings people together.
Nancy Schaible Lohman stood center field in Ohio Stadium in 1981 and proudly accepted Ohio State’s Homecoming queen title from Dan Heinlen ’60, then president and CEO of the alumni association.
She could not have imagined that moment when, at the age of 14, she sat alongside her mom in Ohio State classes. Her mother was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and she encouraged her daughter to join her in the classroom after the high school day ended.
“Those experiences made me eager to get to Ohio State and become a college student myself,” says Lohman ’82, clearly proud of her mother’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Her strong desire to get involved led her to become a resident advisor, an orientation assistant and a campus organizer. After earning a bachelor’s degree in human ecology, she launched a career in hospitality management for Hyatt Hotels and then in marketing at Eastman Kodak Co. in Atlanta.
While living in Georgia, Lohman met and married Lowell Lohman, a successful funeral home and cemetery owner. Eventually, the couple moved to Ormond Beach, Florida, where she joined him in the profession by becoming a licensed funeral director and certified celebrant.
They built Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries and Cremation into the largest private owner of funeral homes and cemeteries in the state before selling the business a few years ago. Her family has since invested in a large number of apartments.
“I am committed to making a difference in both our community and my profession,” says Lohman, who frequently speaks on leadership, culture management and personal branding. “I think nothing is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. Successful people do things unsuccessful people may not be willing to do.”
She is involved in her community’s Council on Aging, serves as capital campaign chair and board member for the Halifax Humane Society, president of the Ormond Beach Art Museum, and previously served as president of both the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce and Ormond Beach Historical Society.
“Nancy has invested her time, treasure and talents to inspire and ultimately lead our capital campaign,” says Miguel Abi-hassan of the Halifax Humane Society. “This project’s bold vision and intricate funding plan would not have been possible without her leadership.”
Lohman shows her Buckeye spirit and pride by hosting alumni events and gatherings at her home and other venues in Florida. She is always enthusiastic and eager to share stories and memories of her university experiences.
She will enjoy a full-circle moment when she returns to Columbus in October to receive the Dan L. Heinlen Award, presented for advocating on behalf of Ohio State and named for the man who placed that Homecoming crown atop her head nearly 40 years ago.
“I am genuinely proud of this award, more than anything I’ve received in my life,” she says. “I have so much respect and admiration for the university.”
Lohman believes we all should strive to be part of something bigger than ourselves. “What makes us happiest is having the ability to make a difference,” she says, noting that her husband has been her biggest cheerleader. In October, they will celebrate their 27th anniversary. “Lowell’s influence has been tremendous in my life.”
Lohman attributes her sense of balance to gratitude. “We have enjoyed traveling but cherish our home life,” she says. “I’m grateful for friends and football — and I am immensely proud to be a Buckeye.”