Services set for University benefactor, former MCO trustee

January 13, 2015 | Events, News, UTMC
By Staff



Visitation and services for George Isaac, a longtime supporter of the Medical College of Ohio, will be held this week.

The Bryan, Ohio, resident died Jan. 11 at age 91.

George Isaac and his son, Zac, posed for a photo in 2006 when the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center was dedicated at UT Medical Center.

George Isaac and his son, Zac, posed for a photo in 2006 when the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center was dedicated at UT Medical Center.

Friends will be welcomed Thursday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave., Toledo, and Friday, Jan. 16, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center St., Bryan. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at the church.

A champion of education, Isaac donated more than $1 million to MCO/Medical University of Toledo for the Isaac Chair in Cancer Research, the George Isaac Scholarship in Occupational Therapy and the Isaac Presidential Scholarship.

In 2006, Isaac gave $1 million to show support for both the new surgery center and the merger between MUO and The University of Toledo. The institution honored him by naming the facility the George Isaac Minimally Invasive Surgery Center.

He served on the MCO Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1996 and was chair from 1991 to 1996, and was a past member of the MUO Foundation Board of Trustees.

For his dedication, he received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the Medical College of Ohio and also the college’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

After graduating from Bryan High School in 1940, Isaac went to Miami University for one semester and then returned home to work in the family business after the death of his father.

He was chair of the Isaac Corp., a scrap iron and metal business, and president of Isaac Property Co., a real estate development company. The Isaac family businesses also included a car dealership, Goodyear Tire franchises and a car leasing company.

In addition, he was a past president of the Bryan Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Bryan Area Foundation, and past president of Bryan Properties, which developed the Bryan Industrial Park.

Over the years, Isaac was recognized for his leadership, generosity and community involvement. He was selected as the Master Entrepreneur of the Year of Northwest Ohio, was named Outstanding Philanthropist by the Northwest Ohio Society of Fundraising Executives, received Miami University President’s Medal, and was a member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.