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ONU to unveil Henry Solomon Lehr statue

Sep 26, 2007
Ohio Northern University will hold a dedication ceremony for the unveiling of the Henry Solomon Lehr statue on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m.

The sculpture will be placed on the pedestal in the round garden that stands on the sidewalk between the new state-of-the-art James F Dicke College of Business Administration building and the historic Hill building that was erected in 1915.

Dr. James Lehr Kennedy, the great grandson of Dr. Lehr and a member of the ONU board of trustees will be representing the family and making remarks at the ceremony. ONU professor of history Dr. John Lomax, who helped spearhead the statue project, will also be speaking at the event.

In addition to Professor Lomax, other members of the statue committee are Dr. William Robinson BSEed ‘61, Hon.D. ‘05, H of F. ‘05, who served as the chair of the committee, ONU's first lady Toby Baker, BFA ‘06, and assistant professor of art W. Brit Rowe, BFA ‘93.

The committee reviewed more than 30 applicants across the region before narrowing the field down to four finalists, and eventually selecting Tad McKillop from Ann Arbor, Mich.

McKillop, who will also be on hand and making remarks at the ceremony, created the large-scale bronze sculpture of the founding father of ONU. McKillop is a visiting professor of art at Hillsdale College. He received his masters of fine arts from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art.

McKillop has received numerous awards for his work, including the Michigan Artists Group Show Merit Award in 2001 and Viewers' Choice Award at the Great Lakes Regional Art Exhibition.

H.S. Lehr, born in 1839, is the founder of the school that was to become ONU. Dr. Lehr was an educational visionary, a man of deep faith and a man devoted to his country, serving in the Civil War as a citizen solider. Lehr died in 1923.

Individuals from the 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, re-enactors will serve as the color guard.