In special cases, outstanding individuals don’t need an Ohio Wesleyan degree to be part of the alumni family. Honorary Alumni status is conferred upon those who have exhibited consistent interest in and support of OWU and its goals over a significant period of time.

Listed below are OWU’s honorary alumni. To nominate someone to receive this honor, contact Katie Webster, director of alumni relations, at (740) 368-3325 or Please include the name of the person you are nominating, the reasons why you believe this person deserves honorary alumni status, and your contact information.


  2019 2018
  Jeff Benton  Joe and Linda Diamond
2016 2015 2013
Dr. Edward H. “Jed” Burtt, Jr. Dr. Anne Fry Sue Pasters
  Jeanette Kraus  
Bill Stroud
Ed Wolf
Elizabeth Ross


2008 2005 2004
John A. “Jay” Martin Stephen Aubrey Lisa Courtice
David Robbins Richard Smith Thomas Courtice
    John Reed
2002 2000  
Mary Cook Milligan Margaret Myers Palmer  
Ruth Stafford Peale    


1997 1993 1991
Catherine N. Schlicting David Liles Warren, Ph.D. Elizabeth Bohannan
  Ellen Warren Jane O. Strimer
James S. Leslie    
Libuse Reed    


1989 1987 1986
William E. Blaine, Jr. David and Joan Lang Stafseth Elmer J. Benes
  Madge E. Stewart  
1985 1981 1980
Loyd Easton, Ph.D. Robert M. Strimer, Ph.D. Helen Schubert


1979 1978 1976
R.C. Hunter Benjamin T. Spencer, Ph.D. Elizabeth Neblett Chappelear
    Monroe Chappelear


Clarence E. Ficken