College mourns passing of alumnus Frank Ellis Bazler ’53
Frank Ellis Bazler ’53, of Troy, Ohio, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2017. He was 87. A loving husband, community leader, and passionate supporter of The Ohio State University, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia “Ginni” (Hutchison) Bazler, and many other loved relatives.
After graduating from Columbus North High School in 1947, Bazler went on to attend The Ohio State University where he graduated with his law degree in 1953. He served as an Air Force JAG officer for two years following law school before moving to Troy where he became a partner in the law firm of Miller, Bazler, McAdow and Schlemmer. In 1971, Bazler joined Hobart Corporation’s legal department, where he spent more than 23 years, rising to corporate attorney and assistant secretary.
Being a strong believer in the advancement of the legal profession, he also 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, along with serving on the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates for 16 years, the American Judicature Society, and National Conference of Bar Presidents.
Bazler’s feelings and passion for The Ohio State University were only surpassed by his love and devotion to his wife, Ginni. In 1998 they received the John B. Gerlach Sr. Development Volunteer Award for their contributions to the University. They have also received The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Citizenship Award and, in 2014, the University’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2016, Bazler received the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Bazler served the community of Troy, Ohio, with fervor equal to his commitment to Ohio State. The Troy United Fund, Kiwanis Club, Troy Museum Corporation, Overfield Tavern Museum, Brukner Nature Center, Troy Community Improvement Corporation, Board of the Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Board of the Ohio Presbyterian Homes, Miami County Board of Health, and Troy Senior Citizens Center are among the many beneficiaries of his time and expertise. In 1957, Bazler was Troy’s Outstanding Young Man, in 1961 he was one of five Outstanding Young Men in Ohio, and in 1985 the Chamber of Commerce honored him with its Distinguished Citizen Award. In 1988, Bazler was selected as Grand Marshall of the Troy Strawberry Festival Parade.