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University Honors Toledo's Dave Ward '58 with Mershon Award

Dave Ward and Jack Henderson
Dave Ward (left) with fellow award winner Jack Henderson, Associate Dean Emeritus

Dave's dedication to the College of Law is legendary. Dean Nancy H. Rogers calls Ward a "leader's leader" known for his skill in guiding and inspiring others and for his ability to achieve results. Dave served as president of the College's 7,500- member Alumni Society and was one of the 20 members of the 1986-1993 Centennial Campaign Committee during a critical period in the College's growth. Dave played a pivotal leadership role in the $19 million building campaign that built the 95,000-square foot addition and renovated the existing facility to begin meeting the technological and space needs of a 21st Century law school.

In 1999, Dave was elected chairperson of the National Alumni Council, a group of 75 alumni from throughout the nation who provide advice and counsel to the Dean. In that capacity, Dave was an active member of the College's Long-Range Planning Committee, which succeeded in securing the University Selective Investment funding that now brings a stream of nearly half a million dollars annually into the College to support academic initiatives.

A long-term corporate attorney rising to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Owens-Illinois in Toledo, Dave was an early proponent of alternative dispute resolution. He was a founding contributor to the College's Journal on Dispute Resolution. Through his own service as chair of both the Ohio Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution and the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, and involvement in mediation programs, he has raised consciousness about dispute resolution in general and the unique strengths of the College's dispute resolution program as well.

glee club

Dave and Ann Myers Ward, the OSU nursing student he married 46 years ago while they were in college, are paving the way for a new generation who will sing in praise of Ohio State. They created the Carmen Ohio Fund to provide scholarships to Men's Glee Club members and single-handedly funded the 150 new blazers Glee Club members wear to perform here and abroad. James S. Gallagher, retired Director of OSU's choral activities, recently expressed his appreciation for Dave and Ann's "loyalty and tireless, long-term, and consistent support." In addition, they have contributed to the new building for the College of Veterinary Medicine, from which Ann's father and brother graduated.

Dave received the University's Mershon Award at the 43rd Annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Friday, October 25 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. Prior law alumni honored with the Mershon Award include Robert M. Duncan '52, Robert J. Watkins '53, Thomas E. Cavendish '53, and James W. Phillips '48. Sharing the 2002 Mershon Award is Donald H. Schriver '69, B.S. Agricultural Economics of Weatherby Lake, Missouri.