Million-dollar Gift Sets Foundation for Dentistry Campaign
December 17, 2007
Dr. Ed Maag, a Cincinnati-based dentist, has made a
commitment of $1 million to the College of Dentistry. The gift establishes the financial foundation for the
College’s new and/or renovated building project.
Dr. Maag, a dentistry alumnus from the class of 1956, has set
a precedent with this gift. In
recognition of his donation, the College’s new screening
clinic and technology area will be renamed for Dr. Maag during a
ribbon-cutting ceremony in January.
Dr. and Mrs. Maag have always felt a special connection to Ohio State.
On Sept. 25, 1976, the two witnessed the #2 ranked Buckeyes fall to
the unranked Missouri Tigers, but did not let it dampen their
spirits. Shortly after the game, Dr. Maag made a proposal of
marriage, and he and Mrs. Maag have been together ever since.
As he returns to OSU to present his million-dollar gift, he says it
feels as though he has proposed again. “I feel like I am marrying the
two great loves of my life: dentistry and Ohio State,” says Maag. He
challenges other Ohio dentists to follow suit and "pay it forward" to
the causes that are most important to them.
Maag’s classmates and friends were happy to hear the
great news. “It’s wonderful to see somebody who has worked as long and
hard as he has to turn around now and make such a generous donation,” says
classmate Dr. Bill Black. “I would certainly hope that it will be a
great stimulus… it is an inspiration to everybody.”
Born and raised in a small town near Cincinnati, Dr. Maag embodies the “American
dream.” Classmates say that in dental school he did
more crown preps in one day than all of the other students
combined. As a son from a large family and a father of ten, he
attributes his work ethic to his humble beginnings.
“Dentistry is almost like my hobby, I would do it on weekends if I
could,” says Dr. Maag. He is still a regular practitioner of dentistry
after more than 50 years as a dentist. “If you enjoy something, why
would you want to do anything else?”
Dean Carole Anderson was pleased to thank the donors in person. “Using
the resources we have available, our goal is to find or create the
best facility possible for the College,” Anderson said. “The gift
from Dr. and Mrs. Maag will make a sizable difference in helping us
achieve our goals.”
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