Donald E. McGinnis School of Music New Day Fund


A dedicated group of Dr. Donald E. McGinnis’ former students, led by Kay Wolford Logan (BM 1958), came together in April 2012 for the purpose of securing a future named space in the soon-to-be renovated School of Music facilities in honor of Dr. Donald E. McGinnis, revered Emeritus Director of Bands.

Faculty and friends toast Dr. McGinnis

Pictured (clockwise from top left) Katherine Borst Jones, Kay Wolford Logan (1936–2016), Dr. Donald E. McGinnis (1917–October 2016), Carol Winans, Ruth McGinnis (d. July 2016), Phyllis Hester, and Randall Mark Hester.

Dr. McGinnis (19172016) passed away October 28, 2016. An outpouring of love and memories from his students and colleagues has shown the impact of his legacy.

Donald E. McGinnis, The Columbus Dispatch

Musical Legends - A Life Timeline [pdf], The Ohio Music Education Association

Memorial contributions may be made online: Donald E. McGinnis New Day Fund #314212

You may also send a check, made payable to The Ohio State University Foundation. Please indicate Fund #314212 on the memo line of your check. Mail to The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221.

About the McGinnis New Day Fund

In April 2012, Dr. Joseph E. Steinmetz, then Executive Dean and Vice Provost of the College of Arts and Sciences, launched a fundraising initiative to revitalize the facilities for the School of Music with a $20 million commitment toward the renovation, which is expected to cost at least $40 million.

The McGinnis New Day Fund demonstrates the focused commitment and effort of Dr. McGinnis’ former students including Thomas Battenberg (BS, 1963), Sally Wagner Bowers (BS, 1969; MA, 1970), David Bowers (BS, 1968; JD, 1973), Phyllis Murphy Hester (BS, 1964), Frank Hudson (BS, 1969), Katherine Borst Jones (MA, 1972), James Prodan (BS, 1969; DM, 1976) Jack Renner (BS, 1960), Richard Stoltzman (BA, 1964), James Strouse (BS, 1962), and Carol Gearhart Winans (BS, 1962) in rallying to ensure that their former professor is forever remembered and that his story and spirit inspires future generations of Ohio State students. Over $250,000 has already been pledged by alumni who were impacted by this exceptional musician, conductor, educator and mentor!

(Below, left to right)  Donald McGinnis and Kay Wolford Logan (circa 1958); Joseph Steinmetz, College of Arts and Sciences, Executive Dean and Vice Provost, with Kay Wolford Logan; Dr. Donald E. McGinnis and former student, Carol Winans, at the annual Flute Lunch.

(L) D McGinnis, K W Logan; (C) J Steinmetz, K W Logan; (R) D McGinnis, C Winans