Judge Richard J. Rinebolt Estate bequests gift to Northwestern Foundation

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Judge Richard J. Rinebolt Estate bequests gift to Northwestern Foundation

NWOSU Foundation Release

The late Judge J. Rinebolt of Findlay, Ohio, has bequeathed $2,500 to the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association that will be used to create an endowment to benefit the Institute for Citizenship Studies.

Rinebolt, originally from Ohio, found himself in Alva after enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World War II. At that time, Northwestern was the site of the 92nd C.T.D., college training detachment, where Rinebolt learned to fly the P-51 Mustang fighter plane that would take him on 30 missions over France and Germany.

After the war, Rinebolt travelled back to Ohio and completed law school at Ohio Northern University and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1948. He worked in general law practice until 1956 when he began his tenure as a prosecutor. Rinebolt was appointed a judge of Findlay Municipal Court by the governor in 1976. He continued his judgeship through 1997.

The endowment from Rinebolt will help defray the costs associated with guest speakers on campus, as well as financially assisting various student organizations such as Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta and the Leviathan Society. The money also will assist Northwestern’s Department of Social Sciences research efforts.

“On behalf of the Institute for Citizenship Studies, I wish to express my deep appreciation to Judge Rinebolt and his family for the thoughtful and generous act by which he has honored the University,” said Dr. Aaron Mason, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Institute for Citizenship Studies. “His life and example serve as an eloquent testimony to the proper definition of good citizenship and community service.”

The Institute for Citizenship Studies is an organization that tasks itself with fostering civic engagement through public service, promoting annual events such as Constitution Day, the Cultural Heritage Lecture Series and the Presidential Lecture Series.