Frank Bazler '53 Honored for Distinguished Service at OSU Commencement
The Distinguished Service Award marks the second time the Bazlers have been jointly honored. In 1998, they received the John B. Gerlach Sr. Development Volunteer Award. Over the years, the couple has left their imprint on the Moritz College of Law, the College of Human Ecology, the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, the Alumni Association, 4-H, the Miami County Alumni Club, and University Development. In addition to the two endowed funds named in their honor, the Bazlers have helped establish scholarships for three family members. College of Human Ecology Dean David W. Andrews summarizes their commitment, "When Frank and Ginni become volunteers, programs improve, students' lives are enhanced, the support is forthcoming. They are role models to be lifted up. When they invest their time, Ohio State is made better by their energy, their talent, and their investment."
Moritz Dean Nancy Rogers relies on their support and leadership. Dean Rogers tapped Frank as co-chair of the Buckeye Barrister Club drive to raise $2.2 million for a dining club where judges and lawyers will have the opportunity to dine with students and strengthen their mentoring relationships with them. Funds were raised in record time and the facility is currently under construction and due to open in fall of 2005.
At a pre-commencement brunch held to honor Frank and Ginni, classmate and long-time friend Robert Watkins '53 spoke of Frank's leadership within the profession. He said, "I first voted for Frank as Moritz class president and I've been casting my vote for him as president of something ever since." Frank has served as president of the Ohio Bar Association, the Miami County Bar Association, the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, Moritz Law Alumni Society, and the Moritz Henry Folsom Page Society.
Frank was born in Columbus and graduated in 1947 from North High School. Following graduation from Ohio State and two years as an Air Force JAG officer, the Bazlers moved to Troy, Ohio where Frank was a partner in the law firm of Miller, Bazler, McAdow and Schlemmer and its predecessors and successors. In 1971, he joined Hobart Corporation's legal department rising to corporate attorney and assistant secretary.
Throughout, Frank served his adopted community of Troy, Ohio with fervor equal to his commitment to Ohio State. The Troy United Fund, Troy Museum Corporation, Overfield Tavern Museum, Brukner Nature Center, Troy Community Improvement Corporation, Miami County Board of Health and Troy Senior Citizens Center are among the many beneficiaries of his time and expertise. In 1957 Frank was Troy's Outstanding Young Man, in 1961 was One of Five Outstanding Young Men in Ohio, and in 1985 the Chamber of Commerce honored him with its Distinguished Citizen Award. In l988 he was selected Grand Marshall of the Troy Strawberry Festival Parade. Ginni has contributed her time and leadership to a variety of Troy organizations as well. Both Frank and Ginni have received the OSU Alumni Association's Citizenship Award.
Frank and Ginni are leaders in both word and deed and their legacy is inspiring to future generations. Ginni summarizes their motivation best, "We believe in Woody Hayes' philosophy of paying forward -- to show our gratitude for the educations we received thanks to those who paid earlier."