OSU leaders to be honored

Three presidents of The Ohio State University who are buried at Green Lawn will be recognized at the Dec. 1 First Saturday at Green Lawn program.

University Archivist Raimund E. Goerler will be talking about Edward Orton, the first president of OSU; William Oxley Thompson, whose 25-year tenure is the longest in university history; and Thompson’s successor George W. Rightmire.

First Saturday at Green Lawn, presented by the Green Lawn Volunteers, begins at 11 a.m. in the Huntington Chapel at Green Lawn, 1000 Greenlawn Ave. The program is free and open to the public.

The program celebrates the lives of people buried at Green Lawn who had an impact on life in central Ohio.

Goerler’s presentation will focus on the three men as individuals as well as leaders and willl look at the legacy they left the area.

Refreshments will be served and visits to the graves of the three presidents will be offered.

Green Lawn, established in 1848 as a nonprofit association, has grown from its original 83 acres to 360 today with 80 acres yet to be developed. Nearly 150,000 people have been buried there in the past 159 years.

For more information about Green Lawn, visit www.greenlawncolumbus.org or call the office at 444-1123. Information about the First Saturday programs is available at 878-4214 or through e-mail at sandlot17@juno.com.

Volunteers also administer an Adopt-a-Lot project and a photo contest. The Adopt-a-Lot offers individuals and groups the opportunity to care for a gravesite that has no family members to tend to it. 

The Thompson and Rightmire graves have been adopted through this program and are regulary being cared for.

Photos submitted in the annual contest are displayed throughout the community and are used for a calendar that the volunteers are selling as a fund-raising project.

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