Eva Donelson Wilson, Food and Nutrition

Eva Donelson Wilson’s (1905-2007) early research on human milk and its composition was the beginning of her journey into the field of women and children’s health. As a professor and administrator within Ohio State’s School of Home Economics, Wilson also mentored graduate students in the field of nutrition. In 1965, Wilson started the home economics program at the University of …

Gladys Branegan-Chalkley, Home Economics

Born in the 1890s, Gladys Branegan-Chalkley, director of the School of Home Economics and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University, pioneered the development and growth of graduate programs in home economics. She expanded the graduate research program and approved PhD programs for education, nutrition and home economics. The Gladys Branegan Fellowship was established after her retirement from Ohio State …

Lydia Block, Learning Disabilities

Lydia Block (1952 – 2011) served as former assistant director of The Ohio State University’s Office of Disability Services and was as an influential researcher in the field of learning disabilities. Block received her doctorate degree in education with a specialty in learning disabilities from Ohio State. Through Block’s role with the Office of Disability Services she became instrumental in …

Walter McClure, Ben Lamp and Ken Harkness, Agricultural Engineering

Walter McClure and Ben Lamp were both researchers with the Department of Agricultural Engineering at The Ohio State University. In the late 1950s, they conducted a 10-year retrospective study of fatal tractor accidents and the impact of slow moving vehicles in these fatalities. Ken Harkness, also from Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural Engineering, built on that research and led a team …

Paul Kitchin, Dentistry

Paul Kitchin (1891 – 1972) began the dentistry research program at The Ohio State University in 1925 and served as professor of dentistry. He is known as the father of the American Association of Dental Research, which is now the largest affiliate of the International Association of Dental Research where he served as its 14th president. He conducted research and …

A.B. Graham, agricultural extension

A.B. Graham (1868–1960), the first superintendent of Agricultural Extension at The Ohio State University, founded 4-H, a youth development program where young people learn by doing in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The first meeting of what would become 4-H was held on January 15, 1902. Graham led that first meeting of the Boys and Girls Agriculture …

Clifton J. Latiolais, pharmacy

During his 25 years at University Hospital, Latiolais radically transformed pharmacy services and the role of pharmacists in hospitals by: Helping to build a hospital formulary that assured only the safest and most effective drugs were used for patients Implementing unit of use medication packaging that dramatically reduced errors Pioneering continuous pharmacy services, 24 hours a day, seven days a …

Charles E. Thorne, agriculture 

In 1878, The Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College formally was renamed The Ohio State University.  With that change, the educational emphasis moved towards a liberal arts education rather than strictly agricultural and mechanical arts. Many in the agricultural community were concerned about this broadened focus. In 1882, in an attempt to heal this rift, the Agricultural Experiment Station was founded …

Edmund Secrest, forestry

Edmund Secrest (1882-1949) was Ohio’s first state forester and also served as associate director and director of the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station at Wooster. Through Secrest’s efforts, Ohio passed a 1915 law enabling the state to acquire scenic lands to be used for reforestation and recreation. Today those lands make up many of Ohio’s state forests.  In addition to developing …

Paul M. Fitts, Psychology

Upon completion of his PhD in psychology, Paul Fitts (1912-1965) joined the military, where he rose to the rank Lieutenant Colonel and became the first director of the Psychology Branch of the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory at Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base).  Concerned that in World War II many aircraft were lost due to pilot error, Fitts undertook …