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$1 million gift to help English, art departments

Alissa Widman Neese • Jan 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Sandusky Central Catholic School received an almost $1 million donation from a late alumnus this past year, a frequent donor with a desire to enhance the school’s educational opportunities even after his death.

Arthur F. Link Jr., 91, of St. Mary’s High School’s Class of 1939, died Jan. 6, 2013.

He willed three significant gifts to his alma mater, which were recently transferred to the school:

• Establishing the $600,000 “Arthur & Mildred Link Endowment Fund,” part of the SCCS Education Foundation.

• Endowing the $150,000 “Mildred Ann Link English Chair” in honor of his wife.

• Endowing the $150,000 “Sallie Link Fraudie Art Chair” in honor of his daughter.

The first award will fund scholarships for current St. Mary Central Catholic High School students and eighth-graders who will attend the high school the following year. The foundation, formed in 2005, currently has a total investment portfolio valued at more than $7 million, according to a news release.

The latter two awards, meanwhile, will fund the “Partners in Excellence Hands Together in Ministry Endowed Chair Program,” launched in 1999 by Mary Ann Sloan. It is valued at about $1.88 million and is now considered part of the overall foundation. Link’s gifts will provide funding for Sandusky Central Catholic School’s English and art departments, for continuous improvements and special projects.

The Link family supported the endowed chair program’s health and physical education program chairs in 2001.

“He was very familiar with the program, and even after he left this life, he wanted to leave these gifts for the school he thoughtso highly of,” said Emily Kasper, a school employee who works closely with the foundation.

During high school, Link excelled as a basketball and football player and was a member of the undefeated 1936 basketball team, who were state champions. He led the team in scoring during his junior and senior year and was named a first-team All Ohio forward after his senior season.

After receiving several offers to join college teams, Link chose to attend the University of Detroit and play football. He graduated in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Shortly after graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy.

He later opened his own mechanical contracting business, Hoyt, Brumm & Link Inc., and retired in 1987.

Sandusky Central Catholic School honored Link during its Hall of Fame induction ceremony this past weekend, when it inducted the 1938 boys basketball team.

A copy of the Sandusky Central Catholic School Education Foundation’s 2012-13 annual report is posted below. It includes financial information regarding the foundation’s overall funds.

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