Briefing Room


Former Columbus mayor and alumnus dies

February 19, 2015 | Alumni

Dana G. “Buck” Rinehart ’73 passed away on Feb. 18, 2015, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68. Rinehart served as Columbus’ mayor from 1984 to 1991, a time of dramatic growth for the city. During his tenure the city added 144,000 jobs, land for 42 new city parks, new police headquarters, and hundreds of police officers and firefighters. The city also saw a $28 million downtown safety building built, the Franklin County Solid Waste Authority established, the completion of I-670 from downtown to Port Columbus, the start of the redevelopment of the Short North and Brewery District, the Martin Luther King Center developed, and retail and residential growth at Easton.

Following his term in office, Rinehart practiced law with the firm of Rinehart, Rishel & Cuckler and was active in a number of community organizations. Read the full story about Rinehart’s life and his contributions to the Central Ohio area in the Columbus Dispatch here.