Wabash College District Name Honors ‘Fuzzy’ Ott
Officials at Wabash College will Saturday re-dedicate the Ott Residential Life District after receiving an anonymous $7 million gift. The project, which broke ground in 2014, was completed and first dedicated in May 2016. It will now bear the name of John "Fuzzy" Ott, a 1920 graduate who was a three-year captain on the baseball team and captain of the football team senior year before moving onto a career as a purchasing manager with Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co.
The $23 million project includes six new residences housing 130 students: Williams and Rogge halls, Butler and Seymour houses and two lodges.
President Gregory Hess says "to fully understand the Wabash brotherhood, one needs only to walk through the Ott Residential Life District and see the names on these buildings. You will see alumni honoring their brothers and their former professors, which is a remarkable statement about their love of this good place."
Construction of the housing district was paid for through alumni and friend contributions.