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Dr. and Mrs. William Pigozzi


"Our years at ONU were the best in our lives. Our ONU gift annuity will help others to enjoy their time as students to our alma mater."

Dr. William Pigozzi, BSED ’39, and his wife Betty (Place), AA ’39, first met at Ohio Northern. “Doctor Bill” came from the coal-mining region of Pennsylvania and Betty from a farming community in Auglaize County, Ohio. They dated during their time at Northern, but after graduation Bill went off to medical school and then entered World War II. Betty eventually moved to Florida to teach. However, while traveling in Florida in 1975, Doctor Bill telephoned Betty, one thing lead to another, and two years later they were married. It really is a true “sweetheart” story.

“My love for ONU is very deep,” Doctor Bill says. “I enjoyed 56 gratifying years in the practice of medicine, thanks to my Uncle Dante who told me to attend ONU, Dean Huber who encouraged me to apply to medical school and the great education I received at Ohio Northern University.”

Betty also is grateful for the opportunity to attend ONU. “Times were very difficult when I attended Northern. My family didn’t have very much money because of the depression. In fact, I borrowed my sister’s dress the first time I dated Bill. My education made a difference in my life, and Northern is where I met Bill.”