Otterbein's Giving Campaign
Working Side by Side and Giving Back leads to Fulfilled Life
Otterbein was the starting point for the richly textured life that Carolyn and Richard (Dick) Sherrick have built together over the past 60-plus years, although Carolyn has to chuckle about the inauspicious way the couple first met.
“It was over a steam table at lunch,” she says, recalling that she was working on the college’s cafeteria line as Dick picked up an entrée.
Dick soon joined her on the food-service staff, and two worked side by side for the rest of their undergraduate years at Otterbein. That included Sunday afternoons when they were in charge of the cafeteria.
Juggling those jobs with their classes, Carolyn and Dick worked their way through Otterbein. Carolyn – her maiden name was Brown – earned a B.S. degree in mathematics and B.A. in history in 1953. Dick, a math major, graduated a year later.
Along the way, the Sherricks have never forgotten the valuable lessons they learned at Otterbein. To show their appreciation, they have been steadfast supporters of the University, both with their time and money. Their most recent expression of generosity for their alma mater is a $100,000 commitment to the “Where We Stand Matters” campaign, the ambitious fundraising effort that puts students first.