Press Release

Urbana University Statement on Lester Baum

Lester Baum


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
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Urbana, OH (September 24, 2018)

Dr. Christopher Washington, Executive Vice President of Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, made the following statement today regarding the passing of Lester Baum:

“Lester Baum’s impact on Urbana University, its students over the years, and the community cannot be overstated. He is a legendary figure at UU, having served for over 20 years as our wrestling and cross country coach, and for more than two decades as our intramural sports director. He also served as Director of Athletics at Urbana University. Many of our successful alumni speak of him as a mentor, guide and motivator who positively impacted their lives. He will be sadly missed by the Urbana University community and by those who benefited from the wisdom of his counsel and leadership.

We will continue to support the efforts of our alumni who formed the Lester Baum Task Force in order to name the new Urbana University wrestling room in his honor.

We are deeply saddened by his loss and offer our sincere condolences to members of his family, his friends and loved ones.” 

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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