Reese Medal 2018

The Reese Medal, established in 1984 as Ohio State's highest honor in recognition of exceptional service in private philanthropy, was named in honor of the late Everett D. "Ev" Reese, who exemplified the type of volunteer for whom this award was created.

2018 Recipients: The Crane Family

The Crane Family is well-known in central Ohio as a generous, strategic and committed community partner. Family members have supported dozens of schools, museums, social service agencies and educational programs through substantial financial gifts that display an unwavering commitment to family values that promote giving back. In addition to financial support, the family has been extremely generous with their time, providing countless hours of personal leadership and service on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. This type of community support also extends to members of Crane Group, the family’s 70-year-old private holding and management company based in Columbus.

This Buckeye-laden family tree is still growing! There are at least 11 proud alumni who include Loann Crane (’47) and the late Robert S. Crane (’46); Jameson Crane (’47), a former Ohio State football team member and Chairman Emeritus of Crane Group; Tanny Crane (’78), current President and CEO of Crane Group; Mike Crane (JD, ’78), Executive Vice President of Crane Group; Rob Crane, MD, an associate professor of family medicine at Ohio State; and there are two family members currently enrolled at Ohio State.

The Cranes’ generosity and diverse interests make this family one of the university’s greatest friends and champions. Notably, 30 individuals representing three generations of the family pledged $13.5 million to The Ohio State University in 2013 to establish the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, fund the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, and the Loann Crane Advanced Language Institute.

About the Reese Medal

The Reese Medal, established in 1984 as the university's highest honor in recognition of exceptional service in private philanthropy, was named in honor of the late Everett D. "Ev" Reese, who exemplified the type of volunteer for whom this award was created. Ev, who earned a B.S. degree in business administration from Ohio State in 1919, was a founding member of The Presidents Club in 1963 and served as chair of its executive committee for 15 years. A banking executive, philanthropist, and former Ohio State instructor in commerce, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ohio State in 1971. He also helped to create one of the university's first endowed faculty chairs, the Everett D. Reese Chair in Banking and Monetary Economics. 

Past Recipients

2017
Stanley D. and Joan H. “Jodi” Ross

2015
Barbara A. Rockow

2015
Ralph A. Rockow

2014
John F. Wolfe

2014
Ann I. Wolfe

2013
Louella H. Reese


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