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Remembering Dan Sandman ‘73

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Editor Emma Kapp

Ohio State Law joins the university community in mourning the loss of Dan Sandman, who passed away peacefully on November 30. He was 75.

Dan was a beloved Buckeye who demonstrated his longtime loyalty to his alma mater as a volunteer, donor, mentor, and teacher.

Since 1994, Dan served on the College of Law’s National Council, including a two-year term as Chair. He also served on the Program on Law and Leadership Advisory Board, as well as the College’s But for Ohio State and Time and Change Campaign Committees. He has been teaching as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for over a decade-and-a-half, providing students with real-world insight into corporate governance.

Dan used his J.D. from Ohio State to affect incredible good in the world. He had a prolific legal career and served as General Counsel at multiple prominent corporations, including Marathon Oil Company, USX Corporation, and United States Steel Corporation, from which he retired in 2007.

In 2004, Dan received the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2007, he was honored with the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for exceptional service to Ohio State. In 2014, he was honored with the University’s Distinguished Service Award—perhaps the most prestigious recognition for any Ohio State alum for their commitment and service to the university.

Dan made significant contributions of his time and treasure to Ohio State Law and the broader university. He was a fierce advocate for the Robert K. Barton Memorial Scholarship, which was founded by Jack Nicklaus. As the first Barton Scholar, Dan made this fund a philanthropic priority for his family. He met annually with new scholars and hosted golf outings, tailgates, and other events to build the cohort. In addition, he and his wife, Bonnie, created the Dan D. and Bonnie A. Sandman Fund to support the College’s strategic priorities and scholarly agenda.

Dan’s involvement stretches beyond the halls of Drinko. As a former Evans Scholar, Dan provided leadership and financial support to help build Ohio State’s Hamilton House for the Evans Scholars Program. For The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Dan served five years, including a two-year term as board Chair. During this term, Dan was instrumental in the search that eventually selected Archie Griffin as the President/CEO of the Alumni Association.

Beyond his work with Ohio State, Dan was deeply involved in his community as a board member of the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the Grove City College, the Pittsburgh Opera, Heinz History Center, and the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. He also served as corporate board director for MPLX, Roppe Corporation, Marathon Pipe Line, the Phillips Companies, and U.S. Steel. During and after his time at Ohio State, he served as a finance officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.

“Dan’s dedicated leadership, service, and philanthropy have made—and will continue to have—a lasting and influential impact,” said Dean Lincoln Davies. “He touched many of our lives, and his fingerprints will remain on this institution and in our hearts forever.”

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Editor Emma Kapp

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