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March 17, 2014

Mike Dolan, a longtime administrator with the Ohio State Department of Athletics and an influential member of the facilities master plan team that planned and constructed some of the wonderful athletics venues on campus today, died in hospice care Sunday of complications from cancer. He was 76 years old.

A member of the Department of Athletics for 34 years, Dolan came to Ohio State in 1968 after working 11 years as stadium superintendent at Crosley Field for the Cincinnati Reds. He retired from Ohio State as an Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities Operations in August of 2002.

Dolan and his staff oversaw all facilities for the department and supervised all major athletics construction projects, including the renovation of Ohio Stadium, completed in 2002, as well as the building of Bill Davis Stadium (completed in 1997), the Jerome Schottenstein Center (1998) and the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (2001).

In September 2001, Dolan was awarded an Honorary Varsity “O” by the Men’s Varsity “O” Association for his outstanding service to the university.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.