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Endowed Ohio Wesleyan Scholarship Created to Honor David and Jane Griffiths


August 8, 2006

DELAWARE, OHIO — A fiftieth wedding anniversary is a tremendous milestone for a family. Add to that a special academic scholarship created to honor the couple—David ‘51 and an OWU Trustee, and spouse Jane Griffiths—and the celebration grows in intensity and significance. Such was the intent of the Griffiths’ children and their spouses, who recently established the David E. and Jane J. Griffiths Endowed Scholarship at Ohio Wesleyan University.

“My sisters and our husbands thought mom and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary was the best time to honor them for all they mean to us,” says Karen Leary ‘78. “First and foremost, they are and have been wonderful parents, worthy of our love and respect, and have exemplified the meaning of family loyalty and support.” Leary quickly mentions her parents’ 10 grandchildren, ages nine to 22, and how they are aware of their grandparents’ interest in and involvement with family members.

The recipient of the endowed scholarship will be chosen by OWU’s Financial Aid Office in consultation with the Griffiths. First preference will be given to students from the Chagrin Valley area in northeast Ohio. The scholarship also will recognize students who demonstrate the potential to be outstanding leaders on campus. While a student at Ohio Wesleyan, David, a 1951 graduate (he graduated from John Adams High School in 1947), and politics and government major, was active in his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and many campus organizations. He went on to receive his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and spent his career as an attorney in Chagrin Falls. David has been a generous supporter of OWU in many ways, including his role as a university Trustee.

Jane, a graduate of Louisville High School and a 1955 graduate of Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, interrupted her nursing career to raise four daughters. She later worked as a nurse and counselor in the Student Health Center at Case Western Reserve University, and has been active in local, state and national politics.

Joining Leary and husband Doug in the scholarship gift are sisters Anne Griffiths, Amy (and George) Burnett, and Gwen '85 (and Todd) McCuaig.

“Their most important accomplishment and one about which they unashamedly boast, is their family,” says Leary. “We, in turn, wanted to return that love and honor to them and the perpetuity of the scholarship is our gift to them. They will not be forgotten.”