The Ohio State University at Lima


Alumni Hall of Fame Recipients

James F. Morrisey

2020 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 1998

James F. Morrisey took his first steps in higher education at The Ohio State University at Lima before transitioning to Columbus to complete his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1998. He returned to the area to work in both the private and public sectors. Morrisey is a model for the Buckeyes following in his path. He lives, works and volunteers in the Lima community–making it more liveable, more vibrant and stronger then when he started. What he does each day as part of his daily life is because of Ohio State and because he is a Buckeye. Being a Buckeye and living the idea of “Education for citizenship” is synonymous with everything he does.


George M. Brooks

2019 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, 1978

George M. Brooks began his Buckeye career at The Ohio State University at Lima before transitioning to the Columbus campus to finish his degree in agricultural economics. After graduation, he returned to the Van Wert area where he launched a successful career in the financial industry, raised a family and helped to build his community through economic development and community involvement. Mr. Brooks served three terms on the Ohio State Lima Advisory Board, a term as board chair, and six years as an Alumni Advisory Council member. In 2015, he was awarded the Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award, recognizing his lifelong personification of the university motto, Disciplina in civiatem, or education for citizenship.


Nicholas A. Pittner, JD

2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1964

Nicholas A. Pittner is a first-generation college student from Ottoville who began at The Ohio State University at Lima in 1960 when courses were housed at Lima Senior High School. He has served as the trial counsel for numerous precedent-making cases involving education law at the state- and federal-court levels, including the constitutionality of Ohio’s school funding laws in DeRolph v. State of Ohio. Mr. Pittner was named Ohioan of the Year in 2001 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in recognition of his work ethic, dedication and personal goal of assuring every child, no matter where they live in Ohio, can receive a quality public education.


Heather O’Donnell

2017 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Heather O’Donnell received her BS in education from Ohio State Lima in 1993, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She later received her M Ed in Gifted Education and Curriculum from Wright State University as well as her supervisor’s certification, principal’s license and superintendent’s license.

Heather began her teaching career in Bellefontaine City Schools in 1993 with Sidney City Schools and then Bellefontaine City Schools before moving on to positions as the Gifted Intervention Specialist and Curriculum/Professional Development Director with Benjamin Logan Schools and the Logan County Educational Service Center, respectively. By 2007, Heather was responsible for the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center as its superintendent, which comprises 13 school districts. In addition to her professional duties, Heather has served on the Ohio Educational Service Center Association as its 2015-2016 president, a member of the Buckeye Association of the School Administrators, and many community boards.


Frank Baldauf, MD

2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Dr. Frank Baldauf attended classes at Ohio State Lima during the 1966-1967 academic year before moving to the Columbus campus to complete his bachelor’s of science in zoology where he graduated Cum Laude in 1970. That same year, he began medical school also at Ohio State and graduated from the College of Medicine with an MD in 1973.

Following a three-year Family Practice Intern and Residency Program at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Dr. Baldauf moved back home to Lima. He has been on the staff of both Lima hospitals and in family practice. As a long-standing and active board member of the Lima Memorial Professional Corporation, Dr. Baldauf’s leadership spanned a time when the physician corporation employed just four physicians in Lima to nearly 75 physicians in seven counties by 2016. His leadership was pivotal to advancing the group while maintaining its values.

Dr. Baldauf has been a member of many medical organizations, including the president of the Lima and Allen County Medical Academy, past chairman of the Family Practice Department at Lima Memorial and the Cardinal Health Partners Physician Hospital Organization. Dr. Baldauf is also an active member of St. Gerard Church.


Dr. Ann Baker

2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Dr. Ann Baker has spent much of her life in Ohio State classrooms. She began her studies with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology spending time on both the Lima and Columbus campuses. She continued her education and graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. For thirty years she and her husband cared for the pets in our community. The desire to add additional credentials led her to a degree in human ultrasound from the Kettering Medical Center. She is continuing her education in Library Science with OSU Lima faculty. Dr. Baker is very active in the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and has served on the Ohio Medical Board. Dr. Baker considers herself as a true buckeye and is proud that their daughter, Elizabeth, is a third generation Ohio State student.


Brook E. Elrod

2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Brook Elrod began her college career at Ohio State Lima and was an active participant in campus functions. In addition to her full course load, she was an Office Associate in the Financial Aid and Advising Offices. . Once she moved to Columbus, she continued as an Office Associate with the Scholarship and Constituent Relations Office. Ms. Elrod earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major and graduated Magna Cum Laude Upon her return to the Lima area, Ms. Elrod has been active in the community. In addition to volunteering at her church, she also is active in the Lima Exchange Club, serving as Past-president and receiving the honor of “Exchangite of the Year”. She is a member of the Allen County Children Services board, organized the Child Safety Awareness Day, United Way Volunteer, and is a coach for the Allen East High School Junior Varsity Softball team.


Linda L. Lehman

2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Linda L. Lehman graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University at Lima with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education before going on to teach elementary education at a number of schools in the area, such as St. Charles, Lima Garfield, Elida, Allen East, and Bath Elementary. She continued her education by obtaining her Art Certification, and eventually her Master’s degree in Education.

Not only did Ms. Lehman teach Art, but she also became an advocate for the arts. While teaching Art at Bath Elementary, she wrote many grants in support of the Bath Art program and the Artists in Residence program. She also started a volunteer program in support of art in the classroom. During this same time, Ms. Lehman taught an Art Education Methods course at The Ohio State University at Lima campus. Mr. Lehman now shares her knowledge as an instructor at Ohio Northern University, where she also coordinates a Saturday morning enrichment program, Project SMArts, to provide fine arts education to the community’s children.

Ms. Lehman is a member of the Watercolor Scoiety, the Ohio Art Education Association, The Chicago Museum of Art, the Lima Art Study Group, and serves on numerous committees. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for ArtSpace Lima.


Jed E. Metzger

2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Jed E. Metzger began his education at Ohio State Lima before moving to Columbus where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Education. He served as the Recreation Coordinator for the Council for Retarded Citizens in Columbus where he developed a creative and innovative social-recreational program that served people with developmental disabilities. He returned to the area and served as Executive Director of Easters Seal Society of West Central Ohio. He continued his work in the Lima/Allen County area as Executive Director/CEO of the American Red Cross/Lima Allen County from 1988 until 1999 when he took his current position as President/CEO of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce where he is dedicated to the growth of business in the area and has worked to secure funds to increase the number of students achieving post-secondary education. In addition to his work for the Chamber, Mr. Metzger serves on several state and local boards.


Edward J. Rohrbaugh

2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Edward J. Rohrbaugh began his university experience taking evening courses at Ohio State Lima when courses were taught at Lima Senior High School. He was one of the first to attend classes when the University opened its doors on the current campus. After three years in Lima, he moved to Columbus where he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. His teaching career began in the Shawnee School System, where he taught grades fourth through eighth for 38 years. In retirement, he still continues to educate children as a substitute teacher in the Wapakoneta Schools. Mr. Rohrbaugh is dedicated to his church, participating in musical programs, serving as president of the congregation, deacon and a Sunday School Teacher. He has been married to his wife, Rebecca for forty years, and their two sons, Adam and Aaron, followed in their father’s footsteps and began their education at Ohio State Lima.


Robert Simmons

2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Robert Simmons began his college career at Ohio State Lima before graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. His career began as a G.E.D. instructor at Lima State Hospital before taking an assignment as an Intervention Specialist with Kenton City Schools, serving the needs of handicapped students for 10 years. For the past 22 years, he has continued his career as the Work Study Coordinator, now known as Transition-To-Work coordinator, serving the students in several Hardin County schools. In addition, Mr. Simmons supervises the Hardin County Virtual Learning Academy and the Hardin County Academy providing alternative learning opportunities to students. He is active in the high school athletic area, regularly serving as the announcer for basketball games, coordinator of the Hardin County Track & Field Meet. Mr. Simmons is well-known at The Ohio State University at Buckeye Bob, serving as President of the Hardin County Alumni Club since 1990. His dedication to the University is evident as he works to promote education to youth in his community.


Daniel G. Bucher

2009 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Daniel G. Bucher began his college education at The Ohio State University at Lima, before changing campuses to Columbus, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

During his career as a Professional Engineer, Mr. Bucher has managed complex metropolitan multi-level interchanges, road bridges and structures over major rivers. With Kohli & Kaliher, he designed, managed and lead projects involving complex highway, roadway and structure design. Mr. Bucher is known and respected for his commitment to his clients and their projects. His reputation for excellence and professional expertise has enabled him to guide simple to complex projects from planning and preliminary development phases through the final design.

Mr. Bucher is a member of several professional organizations as well has holding leadership roles in the Lima Chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers. He was instrumental in establishing the Northwest Ohio Literacy through Church People for Change and Reconciliation. He is actively involved in mission projects in South Carolina and Haiti.


G. Gilbert Cloyd

2009 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Dr. G. Gilbert Cloyd began his college education at The Ohio State University at Lima, when courses were first offered at Lima Senior High School. After changing campuses to Columbus, he earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and continued graduate work in veterinary pathology. Dr. Cloyd then entered private practice in Cincinnati and began consulting work in toxicology, including work with Procter & Gamble. He later joined P&G full-time in their Corporate Professional and Regulatory Services Division. In 1984 he assumed responsibilities for Research & Development in P&G’s pharmaceuticals business and subsequently became vice president of the Global Pharmaceuticals business. In 1997, Dr. Cloyd assumed responsibilities as vice president for Research & Development in Asia, living in Kobe, Japan. He returned to Cincinnati in 2000 and assumed the position of chief technology officer with overall functional responsibility for P&G's global Research & Development organization.

In addition to Dr. Cloyd’s considerable professional accomplishments, he works tirelessly for The Ohio State University. He was a member of the University Board of Trustees and served as chair from 2007-2008. In 2009 he began serving on the Steering Committee for the University Campaign.


Kevin Haver

2008 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Kevin Haver began his college career at Ohio State Lima. After completing all of the courses offered in his major in Lima, he drove to the Columbus campus daily to complete his degree requirements, while maintaining his responsibilities to his family farm in Allen County. After graduating in 1978 with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources, he joined the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District. He currently directs the overall operation of twelve park areas throughout Allen County. In addition, Mr. Haver manages the daily operations of the Park District Foundation. He serves as the Treasurer for the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Board of Trustees. Mr. Haver previously served such organizations as the Lima-Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association and the Exchange Club.


Jan L. Osborn, PhD

2007 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Dr. Osborn started his college career at Ohio State Lima before heading to Columbus. Since graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus in Special Education in 1972, he has devoted his career in education to Putnam County. He has served the citizens of the county as a special education teacher, special education supervisor, Director of Special Education, Director of Educational Programs and County Superintendent of Schools. He worked with the Village of Ottawa and the Federal Economic Development Administration to construct the Putnam County Educational Service Center, which opened in 2006 and includes a Skilled Learning Center designed to let Putnam County people access higher education closer to home.

Dr. Osborn is a 2004 winner of the state’s Ohio Pioneer in Education Award. The school for autistic children in Putnam County he helped stat in 2002 was one of the area’s first and has served as a model for other districts. In this, as in all his pursuits, Dr. Osborn has lived by the mantra “Is it good for children? If so, let’s do it!”


Susan L. Hubbell, MD

2006 Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient

Dr. Hubbell was a student at Ohio State Lima in 1972 and 1973. She went on to graduate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1976 and receive her Master of Science in Medicine in 1980. Her patients and our community are fortunate that she chose to return to Lima to live and work.

Professionally, she has served as a delegate to the American Medical Association from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Ohio, on the Governing Council of the Ohio State Medical Association, as President of the Academy of Medicine of Lima and Allen County, as President of the Ohio Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and as an oral examiner for several medical boards.

Within our community, she has worked to make it a better place for us all, serving in leadership capacities for the Lima Rotary Foundation, the Lima YMCA, ArtSpace/Lima and the Equestrian Therapy Program. She is a member of the Lima Senior High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, a graduate of the Allen Lima Leadership Program and winner of the Golden Paradigm Award from the Appleseed Ridge Girl Scout Council.