John “Jack” Dannemiller (CIT ’60, MGT ’64) believes tomorrow’s economy will hinge on three important developments: the discovery of new technologies, the creation of new products and services, and the founding of businesses that bring these inventions to market.
That’s why he and his wife, Jean, have made provisions in their will to endow the Jack and Jean Dannemiller Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will provide support to Case Western Reserve University undergraduates majoring in engineering and graduate students pursuing MBA degrees.
“We wanted to support an engineering scholarship to encourage young people to pursue technical professions that develop the kind of scientific advances that will keep the United States competitive,” Jack Dannemiller said. “But we also recognize that if one doesn’t understand the business side of things, he or she won’t be able to contribute to the economy.”
The commitment goes beyond the practicalities of developing a competitive workforce. “We think it appropriate to give back to the community that helped us achieve what we did in life,” he said.
Jack Dannemiller is a member of the visiting committee for the Case School of Engineering’s think[box] program, an initiative emphasizing hands-on learning, design, development and product commercialization. He is a retired chair, CEO, COO and president of Applied Industrial Technologies Inc.—formerly Bearings Inc.—in Cleveland. He also is a former president and COO of Leaseway Transportation Corp.
Jack and Jean Dannemiller’s generous bequest will carry on the couple’s legacy of kindheartedness, which they have exhibited throughout their lives. Jack is a retired trustee of Cleveland Clinic Foundation; a former board member at Lamson & Sessions, US Bancorp and Leaseway Transportation Corp.; and a life trustee of Community West Foundation. He is the recipient of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and the West Side Ecumenical Ministry’s (WSEM) Lamplighter Humanitarian Award. A co-founder and director of the Values Institute and chair of Living Dialogue Ministries, he also has co-authored a series of Christian discipleship books that present a biblical worldview of the meaning and purpose of life.
Jean is a 1960 graduate of Michigan State University. She is an avid piano and organ player at both Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village, Ohio, and Sanibel Community Church in Florida. She has sent more than 30,000 handwritten notes in a “ministry of correspondence” to provide encouragement to members of her community. The Dannemillers said they take a team approach to their marriage—which is in its 50th year—and approached their philanthropic decision together as they discussed their estate plans.
“We think it appropriate to give back to the community that helped us achieve what we did in life.”