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John Casey '65 Honored with Gerlach Award

When John Casey '65 and wife Karen '91 made a deferred gift of $1.5 million to the Moritz College of Law in 2000, John encouraged others to follow his lead and the results have been amazing. Less than a year later, John was instrumental in helping guide Michael E. Moritz '61 to contribute $30 million to what would become the Moritz College of Law. It was the College's largest gift to date and one of three substantial gifts John has helped bring to the University. Fittingly, John will be honored with the University's 2004 John B. Gerlach, Sr. Development Volunteer Award this September 11.

A well-respected attorney specializing in tax, trust, and estate planning, John's tax and financial advice is highly sought after by many, including those wishing to give to the University. "At a crucial point in Mike Moritz' consideration of his gift, John supplied a clear head and a steady hand to Mike and Lou Ann Moritz to assure them that a gift of this magnitude was both extraordinary and well within their capabilities" says Joe Bull '85, OSU's director of planned giving and John's Gerlach Award nominator. According to Joe, "John assisted the Moritz' other advisors in providing the necessary economic, tax, and financial analyses. Perhaps more importantly, John provided the philosophic insight that only a long-time friend could provide." John has also facilitated two seven-figure planned gifts to the University from other clients.

A philanthropist in his own right, John knows the value of giving to Ohio State. John and Moritz alumna Karen Casey's $1.5 million deferred gift will be used to establish a Moritz chair in trust, tax, and estate planning. Chairs draw nationally recognized scholars to the University, and enrich the academic program. As John says, "A great law school is one of the pillars of a great university."

John has also shared generously of his time and expertise as an Ohio State volunteer. He is a long-standing member of the Moritz National Alumni Advisory Council, a group of nationally prominent alumni who return to the College twice a year to provide advice and counsel to the Dean. John played a leadership role in helping the College establish the Joanne Wharton Murphy/Class of 1965 Professorship. John provided advice and counsel to the University President as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio State Alumni Association from 1972 to 1975. An agriculture undergrad, he has also served on the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.

One might have predicted this level of commitment and leadership from a young man who was president of the Student Bar Association and, within five years of graduation, named one of Columbus Jaycees' Outstanding Young Men. John went on to become President of the Franklin County Alumni Club; Director of the Metropolitan Area Community Action Organization, OSU Development Fund Board, and Association for the Developmentally Disabled; and Trustee for the Central Ohio Kidney Foundation and the Salesian Boys and Girls Club.

Not so easily predictable would be John's candor and wisdom. Says Joe Bull, "John does not hesitate to provide his opinions to University personnel. While his opinions are not always pleasant to receive, they are always given in a spirit of caring for both the present and future of Ohio State." John's honesty and insights have enhanced the value of John's advice and counsel to a grateful University.