Services slated for MCO leader and benefactor

September 29, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Staff



A service and family remembrance for Ashel G. Bryan, former chair of the Medical College of Ohio Board of Trustees and well-known local businessman and philanthropist, will take place Thursday, Sept. 30.

The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green.

A reception will follow from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the Bowling Green State University School of Art.

Bryan died Sept. 26 at age 89 in his Bowling Green home.

From 1976 to 1985, he was a member of the MCO Board of Trustees, serving as chair for four years. Under his leadership, the Health Science Campus grew. The hospital, Dowling Hall, the Kobacker Center and the Dana Conference Center were built.

Bryan also was a member of the MCO Foundation Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1995; he served as president from 1991 to 1994.

He and his wife, Dorothy, were longtime benefactors of the Health Science Campus. Their generosity created an outdoor landscaped commons area for patients, students, faculty, staff and the public. Their donations also supported the infusion center, renovations to the UT Medical Center Outpatient Pharmacy, and a boardroom and student lounge named in their honor. In addition, they established a number of scholarship funds in their names, endowed professorships, and an emergency hardship fund for UTMC nurses.

Earlier this year, Bryan donated his wife’s artwork, “The Chemo Painting Series,” to the University. She created the paintings to chronicle her battle against cancer; she died in 2001. The series is on display on the second floor of the Health Science and Human Service Building. Dorothy’s artwork also hangs in the UT Cancer Center and other locations on Health Science Campus.

In 1987, Bryan was named an MCO Distinguished Citizen; he received an honorary degree from MUO in 1996.

The retired bank executive was a member of the Presidents Club and Heritage Oak Society.

The family suggests tributes to the Ashel and Dorothy Bryan Nurses Emergency Fund at the UT Foundation. For more information, call 419.530.7730.

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