Remembering Donald D. Mayhew

July 2, 2015
Donald Mayhew

At the Ohio State University, students make sacrifices every day to succeed in the classroom and beyond. However, it is important to remember those students who have made the enormous sacrifice of putting their academic career on hold to serve in the United States military.

One of those students, Donald D. Mayhew, made the ultimate sacrifice 70 years ago after he left college to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mayhew, who had a strong passion for trees and a dream of graduating from Ohio State, was killed in action on June 13, 1945, in the Battle of Okinawa.

Mayhew’s legacy continues at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences through a memorial grove within Ohio State’s Chadwick Arboretum and an endowment fund giving CFAES students opportunities Mayhew had dreamed of but was never able to do himself. 

The PFC Donald David Mayhew Memorial Grove is a grove of 100 native Ohio trees within OSU’s Chadwick Arboretum. The grove includes woodland paths, benches and a plaque in honor of Mayhew. The memorial grove is an ideal spot for students and visitors to experience a peaceful and serene walk on campus, while also honoring Mayhew and all veterans who have fought for our freedom. 

The Donald D. Mayhew Memorial Fellowship Endowment Fund (#644560) supports undergraduate scholarships and internships for CFAES students who are pursuing a Horticulture and Crop Science major and are interested in ornamental plants and public gardens. The endowment, set up by Mayhew’s mother, the late Helen Mayhew, has been used since 1999 to help provide a future for students with a passion for trees.

During this time when we celebrate our nation's independence, please consider a gift to the Donald D. Mayhew Memorial Fellowship Endowment Fund.