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About Walter and Marian English
Born and raised in Columbus, Mr. English was a graduate of East High School and The Ohio State University. He spent his entire business career in the field of wholesale food distribution. He started the Walter English Company in the attic of his parents' home on Bryden Road when he was 19 years old. The company grew steadily and eventually Mr. English purchased the home and converted it into his office. He operated the company for more than 60 years, retiring in 1991. Mrs. English, also a graduate of The Ohio State University, shared her husband's interests. She died in 1987 and Mr. English died in 1998.
Mr. English was active in many central Ohio organizations. His best-known project was COSI. He was named COSI's first president in 1964, serving for 19 years. His support of the former Community Chest helped that organization grow into today's United Way of Central Ohio.
Today, the daughters of Walter and Marian English, Ellen Julian and Polly Lassettre, continue the family's tradition of giving, and serve as foundation trustees. Much of the foundation's grantmaking reflects the family's interest in education and science.
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