The Ohio State University at Mansfield


Dick Walters, ’81 – Buckeye, donor and passionate supporter

September 30, 2020

Anyone who knew Dick Walters would say he ‘bled scarlet and gray.’ An avid fan, Dick graduated from Ohio State with a major in business administration. Service was a way of life for him throughout his four-decade career at Rinehart Insurance Company.

In 1981, as president of the newly formed Ohio State Alumni Club of Richland County, Dick began a new tradition when he organized the Buckeye Bash as an instrumental scholarship fundraiser. In 1987, he was key in creating the Richland County Scholarship Endowment. The Bash, continued annually ever since, raises scholarship dollars for students planning to attend The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Dick was in his element when he could share all things "Buckeye" with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Upon his passing in June, his wife, Joyce, continued to honor that legacy with memorial gifts to further expand the fund. Joyce explained that Dick’s great desire was to ensure that individuals in Richland County would be able to attend Ohio State Mansfield.

Dr. Steve Gavazzi, former dean and director of Ohio State Mansfield, shared his thoughts. “Dick Walters was a true friend of Ohio State Mansfield and one of the nicest men I met while serving as dean of the campus. Among other things, he connected the campus to NEXT Gen Films, and their support allowed us to launch our engineering degree initiative. His wit and charm shall be missed.”