John Tyler Loehnert, 1944
B.A., Denison University
Citation awarded June, 1980
A community leader who has received numerous awards for outstanding service, Mr. Loehnert has been founder, past treasurer, and a trustee of the Bexley Civic Improvement Association and president of the Eastern Kiwanis. He successfully chaired the 1965 campaign for a five mill school levy and has been president and treasurer of the Bexley Boosters. His years of volunteer work to improve Bexley’s recreation program was recognized by a certificate from the National Recreation and Parks Association. He was a member of the eight-man board of advisers to the mayor of Bexley for eight years and was elected to the Bexley City Council in 1977. He has been chairman of the Franklin County Cancer Society drive and treasurer of the county’s American Cancer Society.
A national officer with the Navy League, the civilian arm of the Navy, and a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve after 35 years, Loehnert received an award for meritorious community service from the secretary of the Navy in 1971. He also received an award for distinguished community service from Bexley Celebration Committee in 1972.
After starring in basketball at Denison, he served as a basketball coach at Denison from 1947 to 1953. He has organized and is still coaching a boys’ basketball program in Bexley, sponsored softball teams, and been active in all phases of city recreation. He was president of the Central Ohio Basketball Officials’ Association in 1962 and chairman of the board of the Columbus Jets Baseball team in 1968.
Vice president and director of public relations at Dollar Federal Savings & Loan Association in Columbus, Loehnert is a past president of the American Savings & Loan Institute. He has served as the Savings & Loan representative for United Way of Columbus, has chaired the advertising committee of Mid-Ohio Savings & Loan League and been a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Savings & Loan League and past president of the Stelson Foundation.