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John Harold Browne Attended Ohio University

John Harold Browne serves as President of The Financial Freedom Center in Lake Worth, Florida. The child of Irish immigrants, he grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, in a household that included 10 older brothers and sisters. Browne later attended Ohio University in Athens on athletic scholarships. U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio University’s undergraduate program 124th among national universities in its 2011 report. Widely recognized for producing successful students, the university has been the recipient of many other accolades, as well. Twelve students received Fulbright scholarships in 2006, and the school had nine in 2004 and 2005.

Other national awards for Ohio University scholars include the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The university consists of 11 colleges, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Scripps College of Communication, The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services, and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. The student center, called John Calhoun Baker University Center, opened in 2007 to serve students, administrators, visitors, faculty, and the Athens community. It features a ballroom, a bookstore, a large food court, a fine-dining establishment, study areas, a theater, and much more.

Other notable campus buildings include the Charles J. Ping Recreation Center, the Vernon R. Alden Library, and the Ohio University Golf Course. The Charles J. Ping Recreation Center consists of 168,000 square feet of basketball and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, an indoor track, and much more. A well-known bastion of the university, Manasseh Cutler Hall serves as the Old Northwest’s oldest academic building.

Manasseh Cutler Hall

Legend has it that Ohio University’s campus is haunted, and studies from the Society for Psychical Research in England say that Athens is a center for paranormal activity; Fox TV even taped an episode about the campus for its program called Scariest Places on Earth. The basis for the stories is the former Athens Lunatic Asylum acquired by the university, which now serves as administrative offices and classrooms. People have reported the ghost of Civil War veteran Michael Ward chanting the names of students, as well as crying from the statue of an angel that sits in a nearby cemetery.

By John Harold Browne

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