Medina’s Ted Chandler is certainly one for the record book.
A spokeswoman for Ohio State University announced that the 92-year-old received his bachelor of science degree Jan. 23 from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
“Sporting gray socks with scarlet block O’s, graduation cap and gown, and a cane featuring Brutus Buckeye, Chandler moved his golden tassel from right to left during a ceremony in the college’s Agricultural Administration building,” a news release explained.
Chandler enrolled in the fall of 1940 as a horticulture major.
“After participating in ROTC as a sophomore and junior, his studies were interrupted by World War II when he was stationed in Southeast Asia,” the news release continued. “After the war, Chandler returned to his studies at Ohio State for one quarter. He then returned to the family farm and pickle factory near Medina where his parents had worked on their own while he and his two brothers were at war.
“Chandler took on management of the factory, which supplied pickles to Cedar Point, Isaly’s [a dairy and restaurant chain started in Mansfield] and other small businesses that would sell pickles from barrels or repackage them with their own labels.”
OSU “considered Chandler’s life experience in deciding to confer the bachelor of science degree,” said Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the college.
Chandler’s fondest memory at OSU was meeting the former Willette Price, his future wife.
By the way, he still resides on the family farm. Farm Packt Pickle Co. closed in 1992, and the factory now houses his collection of antique and classic cars. In fact, Chandler still drives the Model A he drove on campus in the 1940s.
A jazzy benefit for hunger
Planners of Feeding Medina County’s “Breaking Bread on Bourbon Street: An Evening of Art & Jazz” are encouraging people to attend its New Orleans-themed benefit gala at 6 p.m. March 1 at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina. All proceeds will go to feeding the hungry in Medina.
“Come stroll along Bourbon Street and check out art, listen to some jazz, get your fortune read, or have a street artist draw your picture,” the invitation reads. The $50 cost includes a Cajun-style dinner and entertainment. Contests and auctions feature such items as a 50-inch flat-screen television, a wine cooler stocked with a case of wine, Disney tickets, a chef-prepared dinner package, beauty and spa packages and more. Local artist Kathy Kraus will be on hand with her paints to capture the ambiance, and will sell her one-of-a-kind piece at the end of the night.
Feeding Medina County’s mission is “to educate, and lead our community in creating an environment where no one goes hungry. We nourish our community with essential programs that put food on the table for children, families and seniors who are at risk of hunger.”
To donate to the auction, become a sponsor or make a reservation, please call 330-421-4816.
Party helps veterans
Belated kudos to Terri Steele-Austin and planners of a pre-Christmas holiday party at the Polish American Club that benefited the Summit County Veterans Service Commission:
“We raised nearly $2,000 in cash and gift cards [to help our local veterans] plus an incredible number of toys. … Each child was able to be given a stuffed animal in addition to another gift.”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.