Charlotte and Clifford Achatz, ’37
Creating a Legacy at Ohio State
Clifford Achatz graduated from Ohio State with a degree in civil engineering in 1937 and remained a Buckeye fan for the rest of his life. Prior to their passing, Clifford and his wife Charlotte lived in Columbus and loved going to football games. They rarely ever missed a game.
Despite growing up in an orphanage, Clifford always expressed gratitude for the many blessings in his life. He retired from PPG Industries as a regional manager and enjoyed playing golf in his spare time. Clifford and Charlotte traveled across the country and often took many trips to Fort Lauderdale, where Clifford enjoyed deep sea fishing.
Their niece, Diane McCloy, remembers her uncle as a very kind and grateful man. “He was a wonderful uncle and loved spending time with his many nieces and nephews,” said Diane. “Giving back was a way of life for him.”
When preparing their will, it was important to them that they use their assets to make a difference in the lives of others. They established trusts to help cover college education expenses for all of their nieces and nephews. The remainder of their assets was allocated to four different charities, including Ohio State.
According to Diane’s husband, George McCloy, Ohio State was an obvious choice. “They loved Ohio State and were grateful for the many experiences and opportunities it provided them,” said George. “Their gift is designated to the Ohio State Fund so that the university can use it for the areas and programs that need it the most.”
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