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Ohio Wesleyan University Receives Estate Gift in Memory of Student Killed in Pan Am Flight 103 Explosion

November 26, 2007

Thomas Britton Schultz ’90
DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced it has received an estate gift of more than $300,000 to support the Thomas Britton Schultz ’90 Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was created in December 1988, following Schultz’s death in the Pan Am Flight 103 explosion over Lockerbie, Scotland.

At the time, Schultz was a junior at Ohio Wesleyan, pursuing a double major in history and politics and government. The 20-year-old Connecticut resident was returning home from a semester in London as part of a special Syracuse University program when a bomb detonated inside the Pan Am Boeing 747-121 aircraft. A total of 270 people were killed in the air and on the ground, including 189 Americans.

Created just days after the terrorist attack, the Thomas Britton Schultz ’90 Memorial Scholarship has benefited an Ohio Wesleyan student every year since 1989. The latest contribution to the scholarship fund, totaling $307,700, was made by the estate of William A. Frazee of Ridgefield, Conn., a family friend who died in October 2005. The gift brings the value of the endowed scholarship to more than $463,000.

Schultz’s mother, Jane Schultz of Center Valley, Pa., said the family met Frazee in 1986 when they moved across the street from him and his wife, Edna Mae. The Frazees had no children and quickly befriended their new neighbors.

“We bonded,” Jane Schultz said of the two families. “We spent every holiday together, and Tom was like a grandson to them.” Edna Mae Frazee preceded her husband in death in 1998.

Schultz’s father, Jack Schultz of Belgrade Lakes, Maine, also recalled the family’s special relationship with the Frazees. “Bill came over every day to supervise our activities, including lawn cutting, swimming, and holiday parties,” Jack Schultz said. “He and Edna Mae were part of the family. Thomas used to do things for them, like cleaning gutters and shoveling snow.”

Jane Schultz said she is pleased her son’s memorial scholarship continues to make a difference in the lives of Ohio Wesleyan students, even 19 years after his death. “He had such a marvelous education at Ohio Wesleyan,” she said. “It brought out the true Tom Schultz. He matured into such a fine young man, and I know Ohio Wesleyan University was a big part of that.

“I still remember visiting Ohio Wesleyan when Tom was deciding where he wanted to attend college,” she continued. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘I hope Ohio Wesleyan picks him and he picks Ohio Wesleyan.’ ”

While at Ohio Wesleyan, Tom Schultz was house manager of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and a two-year letter holder in track and cross country. Ohio Wesleyan posthumously awarded him a bachelor’s degree in 1990.

The Thomas Britton Schultz ’90 Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to an Ohio Wesleyan politics and government major who shows both academic promise and financial need. With the Frazee contribution, Schultz scholarships will be awarded to two or more students annually, beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year.

“Ohio Wesleyan University is honored to have been a part of Tom Schultz’s life,” said David O. Robbins, Ph.D., interim president and provost. “We also are thankful to his parents, Jane and Jack, and to his friends, such as William Frazee, for creating and supporting the memorial scholarship. This allows Tom’s legacy, his love for Ohio Wesleyan, and his experiences here to be passed on to future generations.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.