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Joseph Rich is pictured above with his sister, Anne Kirby, at the 2013 Kent State University Founders Gala.
The 16 international scholars (pictured at Rootstown High School) are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines and South Africa.
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Far right, Drs. Geneva and Rex Damron

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A Family of Flashes Gives Back

Far right, Drs. Geneva and Rex Damron

Dr. Geneva M. Damron and Dr. O. Rex Damron’s generosity helps give students’ dreams a fair chance to come true.

Some family traditions have to do with holidays or seasons. Some have to do with annual vacations or birthdays. But for the Damron family, one significant family tradition began at Kent State University in 1968 – becoming a Golden Flash.

The Damron family has eight degrees from Kent State: three Bachelor’s degrees, two Masters degrees and three Doctorate degrees. The tradition began with Dr. Geneva M. Damron, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1968, her Master’s degree in 1972 and her Doctorate degree in 1984, and with Dr. O. Rex Damron, who earned his Doctorate degree in 1980. The tradition was then carried on by their children. Their first son, Dr. Derek S. Damron, earned a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree and a Doctorate degree from Kent State, while son Kevin Kyle Damron earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State.

This tradition is one of the reasons Geneva and Rex give back so generously to Kent State, and their gifts reflect what they are passionate about. Click here to read the full story.


Alumni, friends, faculty, staff, foundations and corporations are donating vital funding for Kent State University programs through the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Campaign. Learn more about these exciting opportunities on the Foundations of Excellence campaign website!

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