Statement from President Drake on the passing of Earle Bruce

Bruce was a great family man and mentor to many

By: The Ohio State University

Published on April 20, 2018

On behalf of all Buckeye Nation, Brenda and I extend our deepest condolences to Earle Bruce’s family and friends. He was a great family man, a hall of fame football coach and a mentor to so many at Ohio State and beyond. He left an indelible mark on our football program, our university and the greater community. Earle, his late wife, Jean, and their family have helped raised more than $1 million to fund Alzheimer’s research at Ohio State, supporting drug therapies for the treatment of degenerative disorders, social work and outreach for affected families, and more. Coach Bruce was a great Buckeye — and he will be remembered always and greatly missed.


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