Gerlach Award 2018

The Outstanding Development Volunteer Award was created in 1996 to recognize and reward those who show the utmost in dedicated involvement and personal investment in fundraising efforts at Ohio State. In May 1997, The Ohio State University Foundation Board of Directors decided unanimously to name the award in honor of the late John B. "Bernie" Gerlach Sr., one of the most active and dedicated supporters of the university throughout his lifetime.

2018 Recipients: Thekla “Teckie” and Don Shackelford

Thekla “Teckie” Shackelford and her husband Don are passionate about their pets, and incredibly generous in their support of The Ohio State University. The Shackelfords became clients of the Veterinary Medical Center in 1989 and their first gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine was in 1996. Soon after, Teckie began serving on the Dean’s Development Advisory Council. Their philanthropic contributions include the creation of the Teckie R. and Don B. Shackelford Professorship (and now Chair) in Canine Medicine and The Jane, Lily, and Bubba Shackelford Lobby of the Veterinary Medical Center Hummel and Trueman Hospital for Companion Animals. Don and Teckie named the emergency and community practice lobby in honor of their dogs.

Teckie has dedicated so much of her life to others and philanthropy, including helping to found I Know I Can, a college access program in Columbus. Her connection to Ohio State has deep roots with her father, Everett D. Reese, establishing the President’s Club in 1963. The university’s highest philanthropic honor, the Reese Medal, is named after him. A trusted adviser to deans and the Office of Advancement, Teckie has assisted Ohio State with every major fundraising campaign, and helped the college exceed $136 million in fundraising in the $3 billion But for Ohio State campaign, almost double its original goal.

She also served as a Director on the Foundation Board, and remains the only female chair in its history. Her service has previously been honored with the Alumni Association Citizenship Award in 1991, the Reese Medal in 2000 and The Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

About the Gerlach Award

The Outstanding Development Volunteer Award was created in 1996 to recognize and reward those volunteers who show the utmost in dedicated involvement and personal investment in fund-raising efforts at Ohio State. In May 1997, The Ohio State University Foundation Board of Directors decided unanimously to name the award in honor of the late John B. "Bernie" Gerlach Sr. Gerlach, one of the most active and dedicated supporters of Ohio State throughout his lifetime, was chair of the Columbus Regional Campaign, a component of the 1985-90 University Campaign that raised $178 million from area donors. He was also co-chair of the "Affirm Thy Friendship" campaign; chair of The Ohio State University Foundation Board, of which he was a founding member; chair of Fisher College of Business Campaign Committee; an active member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.; and recognized by The Presidents Club. In 1982, he led efforts to establish the John J. Gerlach Chair in Fisher College of Business, in memory of his father. In addition, he and his family provided generous support to a number of other areas, including human ecology, the arts, and athletics, as well as to countless civic and charitable causes throughout Central Ohio.


Past Recipients

2017
William J. Lhota

2017
William G. Lowrie

2015
Lou Ann Y. Moritz Ransom

2014
Edwin L. Overmyer

2014
Mary J. Overmyer

2013
Edwin M. Cooperman


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