Founders Day 2017


Prof. David Demmerle

Professor, Health and Physical Education, 1962-1998
Chair, Health and Physical Education, 1994-1998
Coach, Football / Track and Field, 1962-1998

David "Dave" Demmerle was a professor in the department of health and physical education from 1962 to 1998, serving as its chair from 1994 to 1998. He was known and respected for having high expectations for his students and encouraging academic excellence in student-athletes. In addition to decades of classroom instruction, he coached football and track and field for 36 years, helping BW teams capture a total of 28 Ohio Athletic Conference titles and a Division III national championship title. Dave was also a self-taught gymnast and is remembered by many students for the feats of physical and mental discipline required by his gymnastics courses. Balanced in accolades as he was in his life and career, Dave was honored with the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1979 and inducted into the BW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. 


Jerry Jarrett

Member, Board of Trustees, 1981-2006 

Chair, Board of Trustees, 1989-1996
Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, 1991

Jerry Jarrett served on the BW Board of Trustees from 1981 to 2006, chairing the Board from 1989 to 1996. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Jerry built a distinguished career with the Cleveland Trust Company (later AmeriTrust Company) as its executive vice president, president, and ultimately CEO and chairman. His high profile in the Cleveland business community and lauded service to other prominent Cleveland area organizations significantly elevated the reputation of Baldwin Wallace in Northeast Ohio. As chair of the Board of Trustees, Jerry’s leadership of the Campaign for the 21st Century made possible many forward-thinking initiatives and capital projects. His unwavering dedication and thoughtful stewardship have inspired many acts of personal and corporate philanthropy benefiting future generations of BW students.


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