A Rowing Crew Work Ethic: Tim Heron
March 4, 2013
“But for Ohio State, I may have missed out on professionally stimulating and personally satisfying opportunities.” --Tim Heron
For Tim Heron, higher education and Ohio State have been linked for nearly four decades. He devoted 28 years to teaching special education and applied behavior analysis in the College of Education and Human Ecology. After retiring in 2004, Tim became an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor at The Ohio State University Airport, where he combines his lifelong passions for teaching and piloting.
“Ohio State has presented me with two great careers,” he said, noting that during his years as a professor, he was blessed to work with high-quality teams of faculty, staff, and students. “I found their can-do attitudes especially inspiring because they cultivated an idea factory with everyone working together to make those ideas happen. I’ve always thought of my work being similar to a rowing crew pulling the oars and carrying out the plan together.”
His wife, Marge, was a speech therapist for 28 years at The Ohio State School for the Blind and an adjunct faculty member with Ohio State’s Speech and Hearing Department. Their daughters, Kathy and Christine, are both graduates of Ohio State. In 2006, Kathy earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Christine received a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management and Systems in 2002 and a master’s degree in health administration in 2008. Kathleen is an Early Childhood Intervention Specialist in Worthington City Schools; Christine works as a senior strategic planning manager for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
To mentor and help future university students, Tim and Marge give annually to a scholarship fund they created to support undergraduates in the HIMS Division within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Ohio State. “Marge and I decided to set up the scholarship award to help students defray tuition and expenses while attending college,” he said. “It was our way of paying forward and saying thank you for the excellent education that Christine received through the program.” The Herons are recognized by the President’s Club for their generosity.
They understand the challenges many families face in meeting educational costs. “There was a time when students could earn sufficient dollars working summers and breaks to pay for much of their college expenses,” Tim said. “Students today cannot depend on an economic formula that worked 40 years ago.”
The Herons like to meet the four scholarship recipients each year and agree that learning about the students’ plans, hopes, and accomplishments is exciting and satisfying. To them, philanthropy is the right choice. “I encourage faculty, parents, and alumni to consider paying forward to the extent they are able,” he said. “It truly does make a difference.”