The Ohio State University at Marion

Heart to Heart

One hundred years ago this month, a girl named Betty Frank was born in Dayton, Ohio. She loved to dance and sing. Her parents provided well for her, but she knew everyone was not so lucky.

On Fridays, she watched her grandmother, who was very poor, open up her kitchen to share dinner with anyone in need. She saw her deposit coins in three little banks perched on her stove, money her grandmother used to help other people.

That spirit of generosity infused Betty her whole life, and it was a quality she shared with Alex Schoenbaum ’39. They met as students at Ohio State, where Alex studied marketing and was a star tackle on the football team. They married in 1940, and Betty remembers facing their first philanthropic challenge that year when Alex pledged $100 to the United Jewish Appeal.

Read the full story HERE the Ohio State Alumni Magazine's Fall Issue.