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Middletown Campus mural honors Perry Thatcher

Friday, September 7, 2018

Special guests attending the dedication ceremony for the mural on Cincinnati State's Middletown Campus honoring Perry Thatcher included (from left): Dr. Monica Posey, Bob Fairchild (Middletown community leader, friend and former business partner of Perry Thatcher); Kathi Wassenich, Jennifer Thatcher, Sheree Trent (Perry Thatcher's daughters); Sam Ashworth (local volunteer and designer of the mural). 

A 30-foot by 7½-foot mural honoring Perry Thatcher, a Middletown resident, business owner, and community leader who died in 2010, was dedicated on Sep. 5, 2018.

The mural is the 12th in Middletown and the second downtown mural by graphic designer Sam Ashworth.

“[The mural] symbolizes what Perry was about,” Ashworth told the Middletown Journal-News. “He was always learning.”

The mural features Thatcher's portrait along with four words: inspiration, innovation, education, and leadership.

Thatcher was one of the leading forces advocating for a Cincinnati State branch campus in downtown Middletown. His estate gave a $200,000 endowed gift to Cincinnati State to establish a scholarship fund for students.

In 2010 the College dedicated the Thatcher Family Wing on the Middletown Campus.

Thatcher made his fortune by engineering clamshell Big Mac boxes for McDonald’s, as well as other business ventures.

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