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Persons, Wightman receive Gerlach Award

November 8, 2012 | Alumni

Two alumni of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law are recipients of the University’s 2012 John B. Gerlach Sr. Development Volunteer Award: Ray Persons ’78 and Alec Wightman ’75.

The award is named in honor of the late John B. Gerlach Sr., former campaign co-chair and Foundation Board chair, whose leadership and quiet philanthropy so thoroughly exemplified the volunteer service this award represents. A Gerlach Award recognizes high-level involvement with development activities as a volunteer. Recipients set an example for others through their volunteer service.

Persons serves on the University’s Foundation Board and chaired Moritz’s National Council, an advisory group for the dean that provides valued counsel on plans and programs at Moritz and assists the College with fundraising efforts. Persons served as chair until spring 2012, when he handed over the duty to Ted Ramirez ’76. Persons and his wife, Wendy, endowed a merit scholarship named in honor of their children in the hopes they would be inspired by their parents’ example and continue to grow the scholarship through the next generation. Persons also returns to the College as a speaker and to provide peer guidance.

Wightman is serving his second five-year term on Moritz’s National Council and is a member of The James Foundation Board. His membership on the College’s $30 million Investing in Momentum campaign helped create additional student scholarships, endowed faculty positions, and programmatic enhancements. His leadership helped to build the Barrister Club, a $2.2 million events facility funded completely by alumni support. Additionally, he joined a small, select group of donors to establish the College’s Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic.