UC Honors Philanthropist Margo Tytus
Date: Oct. 13, 2000
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos by: Lisa Ventre
Archive: General News
UC took time out today to honor Mrs. Margo Tytus for her more than 44 years of service and
generosity to scholars and researchers. Since June 1956, Mrs. Tytus has served on the board of
trustees that oversees the Charles Phelps Taft Memorial and Louise Taft Semple funds at UC.
To thank her for the many years of devoted service, UC's Taft Faculty Board honored
Mrs. Tytus during a reception at the Faculty Club.
Mrs. Tytus, whose grandfather was a
brother of Charles Phelps Taft, first joined the Taft Fund Board of Trustees as an adviser in
October 1953 and became a member of the Board of Trustees in June 1956.
still serves on the board, she stepped down in December 1999 as the Taft Fund board chair.
That's when the UC Taft Faculty Board decided a long-overdue "thanks" and recognition were
in order. The new Taft board chair is John T. Lawrence III, senior vice president at
A resident of Indian Hill, Mrs. Tytus was joined by other honorees who
benefit from the Taft Fund. Four of UC's five current Charles Phelps Taft Professors attended:
Roger Daniels and Barbara Ramusack, both professors of history; David Minda, professor of
mathematical sciences; Patricia Hill Collins, head of the African American studies department
and professor of sociology, who was the first female to hold a Taft professorship. Kenneth
Meyer, professor of mathematical sciences, will not be able to attend.
include 22 graduate students who are recipients of Taft Graduate Fellowships, as well as two
Post-Doctoral Fellows, Michael Dahan (political science) and David Sobel (philosophy). The
reception will also honor the first Departmental Enhancement Award winner, the project
"Europe Old and New" from the departments of Germanic languages and literature, history, and
Romance languages and literature.
This academic year, the Taft Fund will provide almost
$1 million for these programs as well as others such as undergraduate and graduate study grants,
travel grants, library purchases, conferences, lectures and publications. The fund benefits 10
departments in Arts and Sciences: anthropology, economics, English, Germanic languages and
literature, history, mathematical sciences, philosophy, political science, Romance languages and
literature, and sociology.
In addition to the Oct. 13 reception, the UC classics department
has spearheaded another effort to thank Mrs. Tytus' loyal and long years of service to the Taft
and Semple funds.
The classics department, the beneficiary of the Semple Fund, is
launching the Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program, which is intended to bring scholars from
around the world to Cincinnati to enjoy the use of the University of Cincinnati Burnam Classics
Library -- one of the world's premier collections in the field of classical studies.
165,000-volume library is "of special value to scholars in terms of both the richness of its
collection and its accessibility," says Getzel Cohen, UC professor of classics and director of the
Tytus Program. "The library covers all aspects of the the classics: the languages and literatures,
history, civilization, art and archaeology. This library collection compares to the best collections
in the world with the added advantage that it is all together in one place, under one roof. This
is a magnificent resource that we want to share."
The fellowship program is funded by
University Libraries, the Provost's Office, the University Dean and Vice President for Research
and Advanced Studies, and the classics department.
It will offer at least one scholar per
year a stipend of $1,000 per month plus housing for one-nine months. These visiting fellows will
also have the chance to use the nearby Hebrew Union Collection's Klau Library, which is rich
in Judaica and Near Eastern studies.
To apply, scholars must be at least five years beyond
receipt of a doctoral degree. For application forms, write to:
Director, Margo Tytus Visiting Scholars Program
Department of Classics
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210226
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0226
The deadline to apply is Jan. 1 of each year.