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Thom & Patricia Robinson


Thomas & Patricia Robinson
1M Planned Gift for Ophthalmology

Thomas & Patricia Robinson are an extraordinary couple from Troy, Ohio who work tirelessly to better their community and the future of Ohio.  Evidence of their volunteering and philanthropic efforts can be seen all over The Ohio State University in the newly renovated main library, the new Veterinary Medicine academic building, the many generous athletic scholarships, and the recent planned gift to The OSU Havener Eye Institute.

Pat is president of the board of trustees for the Paul G. Duke Foundation, which was established by and named for her father, founder of the lawn services company ChemLawn. Thom served two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps and served as an area sale manager for southwest Ohio for Dinner Bell Foods, Inc. until he retired in 1978. Both serve on numerous volunteer boards and committees and are enthusiastic advocates of  OSU.  

“It all started with a football ticket,” said Pat. “Then more you are here, the more involved you get, the more questions that you ask, the more people that you meet.  The next think you know, you’re thinking ‘Gee, this is a wonderful place.  What can we do to help?’

Pat and Thom understand the value of medicine and the importance of sight.  They have seen dramatic changes in ophthalmology in their lifetime, and know that even more amazing discoveries are just around the bend.  Their commitment to that brighter future was what led them to make the one million dollar planned gift to ophthalmology.

“We liked it here [at OSU],” said Thom.  “We liked [OSU Ophthalmology alumnus] Dr. Kapetansky and he got us involved.  We like to make gifts that make a big impact and affect a lot of people.  That’s our goal.”

As outstanding volunteer leaders, members of boards and committees, extraordinary donors, and enthusiastic Buckeye fans, the Robinsons form a great partnership that has served Ohio State with distinction in many capacities.

“I think that we learned a lot from my dad,” said Pat.  “He was just a good person and taught us how to be generous.  I always feel that you should give back to your community.  There is no reason not to, it all comes back.  You do get that reward back for helping others.  I only wish that I could live to 200, so I could give more.”