By Gary Budzak
An Ohio Wesleyan University alumna and Ashley native was recently honored by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC).
Jean Carper, OWU Class of 1953, an award-winning best-selling author of 24 books on health and nutrition, was inducted into OFIC’s Hall of Excellence in Columbus on April 16. Carper was inducted along with John Jacob Bishop (Ohio Northern), Dwight C. Schar (Ashland) and John A. Thomas (Baldwin Wallace)
“Jean Carper was a perfect choice, given her career in medical journalism,” Ohio Wesleyan spokesman Cole Hatcher told The Gazette.
Carper’s books include “Stop Aging Now!”, “Food: Your Miracle Medicine,” and “100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s.” In the latter book, she gave such advice as “drink juices of all kinds,” “go crazy for cinnamon,” “eat fatty fish,” “surround yourself with stimulation” and “play video games.”
She has been a senior medical correspondent for CNN and wrote a column called “Eat Smart” for USA Weekend Magazine. She is currently producing a documentary on Alzheimer’s disease. Carper is an Ashley native and an Ashley High School graduate.
OWU previously awarded Carper a Distinguished Achievement Citation in 1999. According to the university, Carper made a $1 million gift to renovate Stuyvesant Hall, OWU’s oldest residential hall. The hall features the Carper Family Room, which features portraits of three generations of Carper women who attended OWU: Jean, mother Natella (Class of 1926) and niece Ashley (Class of 2005).
“In Jean, I have found the best qualities of the liberally educated citizen,” said OWU President Rock Jones, Ph.D., in a statement. “Although she has been highly successful personally, her focus always has been on improving health for all. She has the heart of a true humanitarian.”
Hatcher said Carper was nominated by OWU to be inducted into the OFIC Hall of Excellence. She is the ninth OWU graduate to be inducted the Hall since it was created in 1987. The others are: Evan R. Corns; David L. Hobson; George H. Conrades; Robert W. Gillespie; F. Sherwood Rowland; David Hamilton Smith; Frank N. Stanton; and Norman Vincent Peale.
OFIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1950 to represent higher education throughout Ohio. It has 34 member institutions representing 98,000 students. The Hall of Excellence was created in 1987 to honor outstanding alumni from OFIC-member colleges.
Past Hall of Excellence members include Hugh Downs, John Glenn, Jack Hanna, Hal Holbrook, Dee Hoty, Coretta Scott King, Richard Lugar, Ralph Regula, and Bobby Rahal.
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