Dr. Carl Clay, BSME ’60, Hon. D. ’92 and H. Jane Clay know what it means to move forward together because that’s how they’ve successfully lived their lives. As a result, he has helped others as well. Most recently, he made a one million dollar gift to establish an endowment fund in the name of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio Northern University and continues his legacy of support and commitment to educational excellence during this transformative Forward Together campaign .
JD Yoder, dean of the TJ Small College of Engineering, said Claes’ latest generous contribution will allow the department to meet needs such as new equipment and software purchases, adjunct faculty and students engaged on summer projects, bring insightful speakers to campus, and more Will give
Soil has been instrumental in helping ONU’s College of Engineering become one of the best in the country. Over the years, the couple has helped purchase myriad engineering equipment and software, enabling ONU students to learn and innovate with cutting-edge technology. He was also an early donor to the campaign for the construction of the James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building, which opened in 2019. He and his wife are life members of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society, which recognizes top donors to the university.
His recent gift, which he has given over the years, will have a great impact on students, many of whom have and will follow in Dr. Clay’s footsteps.
“Carl and Jane have been long-time generous supporters of ONU,” says Yoder. “His latest gift will have a significant impact in making our Mechanical Engineering Department even stronger for generations to come. I am grateful for all that he has done for ONU and the College of Engineering, and Dr. Carl and Mrs. Jane It is a true pleasure to be able to name the department in Clay’s honor.
The duo’s endorsement will further boost a department that is already one of the top in the country. US News & World Report listed it 21st nationally among all graduate programs. Students enjoy 100% placement rate in cooperative opportunities in prestigious corporations such as Battelle Memorial Institute, Borg Warner Turbo Systems, Honda and others. For the past five years, an average of 95% of mechanical engineering majors have found a full-time engineering job or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Carl Klee’s career in itself deserves recognition and praise. A native of Quincy, Ohio, he enjoyed a 33-year engineering and management career at Marathon Petroleum Corporation, moving through the ranks to hold several leadership positions. He started in 1961 as an associate engineer at Findlay at Marathon. In 1972, he was promoted to Manager Engineering of Marathon’s transportation organization. In 1977, Carl became the Western Division Manager for Marathon Pipe Line, based in Casper, Wyoming. In 1983, he became Vice President of Marathon Pipe Line Company. In 1984 he was named president of Marathon Pipe Line Company. In 1990, Carl assumed the role of Director of Transportation and Logistics for Marathon Petroleum Company (which included all of the Marathon pipeline), and served in this role until his retirement from Marathon in 1994.
While at Marathon, Carl attended MIT Sloan Business School in 1977, and joined Ohio Northern’s board of trustees in 1986, where he served as an active trustee until 2006. Also, while in Marathon, he was a member of the Oil Pipe Association. Lines and its Executive Committee; National Petroleum Refiners Association; and the American Petroleum Institute for which he served as chair of its Pipeline Transportation Committee. He was a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
After retiring from the marathon in 1994, Carl moved to Texas and worked as an industry consultant. His consultancy included election to the Board of Directors of TEPPCO Limited Partnership from 1995-2022, and he continued to consult until 2010.
While attending ONU, his education was put on hold to serve in the US Army for two years during the Korean conflict. After his discharge, Carl met his future wife, Jane. They married two weeks before classes began in 1956. With the GI Bill, and Jane’s encouragement and financial support (on her teacher’s salary), he was able to return to campus in May 1960 and earn his degree. Jane supports Carl, not only through his college years, and later raising two children, but also in putting his professional aspirations secondary to enable Carl’s career progress.
“My career with Marathon would not have been possible without Jane by my side. I am indebted to her for her support all these years,” says Clay.
“Clay is a special people who believes in giving back to help students achieve their dreams through access to state-of-the-art facilities and programs,” says Vice President for Advancement Shannon Spencer. “We are very grateful for their continued investment in Ohio Northern.”