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Ada Mayor, Ohio Northern University professor named Ada’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year

Nov 6, 2014

David Retterer, the mayor of Ada and an Ohio Northern University associate professor of mathematics and computer science, was named Ada’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year at the 49th annual Town and Gown Banquet at Ohio Northern University on Monday, Nov. 3.

“He is very active in the community,” said Wynn Hauenstein, longtime friend of Retterer who presented him with the prestigious honor. “He has become the voice of the village, promoting it at every opportunity. He is the first to meet and greet a prospective new employer or just visit with those businesses already in town.”

Hauenstein also added that, as a professor, Retterer is “very approachable, and the students seem to feel at ease around him even to the extent of stopping at his home, where his wife makes certain they are always welcome.”

Retterer, who came to ONU in 1979, has been the mayor of Ada since 2003. He has been married for 33 years to his wife, Deb, and they have two children, Missy and Bryan, and one grandchild.

In addition to Retterer’s honor, many new personnel, both at the University and in the village of Ada, were introduced. Seven new businesses were recognized: Ada Ohio Properties, Barbers on Main, Lenny’s Ice Cream, Simply Torn Boutique, The Artists Boutique, The Cask Room and Viva Marie.

“Dave is a great ambassador for the village of Ada and ONU,” said ONU President Daniel DiBiasio. “He is the embodiment of town and gown and he has been a great asset to the community and the university.”

The Town and Gown Association was established in 1957 by a group of townspeople and University personnel whose primary interest was to develop and maintain a strong and positive relationship between the village and the University.

In the second year of its existence in 1958, the association decided to sponsor an annual banquet at which time an individual was to be honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year. This tradition continues and is considered the high point of the evening’s program.

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