Carruthers Family Commuter Resource Center

Ralph “Pat” Carruthers attended Miami with the class of 1953. Having served eight years in the Marine Corps before attending Miami, he was considerably older than his classmates and wasn’t particularly focused on his education. He worked at both Tuffy’s and Mac & Joes.

Pat, a descendant of the Procter family of Procter & Gamble, retired from Champion Paper after a 23 year career. It was during his early years at Champion that he met his future wife, Donna. Donna passed away in August 2009 due to complications from surgery to fix a broken hip.

Following his retirement from Champion, Pat opened the Hamilton Tennis Center. Miami’s Men and Women Tennis teams used the facility for practice. After several years of ownership, he let the bank foreclose on the property due to the expensive cost of operation.

Pat has had a lifelong love of water. His family had a cottage in the Tipp of the Mitt region of Michigan for several generations. He socializes and knows Dick Farmer who has a home in Harbor Springs.Carruthers Commuter Resource CenterCarruthers Commuter Resource Center

Pat and his late wife, Donna, established a family legacy of giving to the Hamilton community. They have funded multiple community projects including a fine arts wing at the fire-ravaged Wilson Junior High School, the Carruthers Center for Arts and Technology, the Donna Y. Carruthers Cardiovascular Services Suite and the Ralph Rogan Carruthers Intensive Care Unit at Fort Hamilton Hospital. (Total giving to the hospital exceeds $10 million). Their generosity has provided scholarships to talented students and has ensured funding to keep Hamilton swimming pools open. Their philanthropy has helped many throughout the Hamilton community.

For their generosity, the Carruthers have received many awards and honors. Most recently, they were given the Post-Corbett Award, a prestigious regional honor given by Cincinnati’s Corbett Foundation. In 2001, the couple was honored as Hamilton’s Citizens of the Year and previously had been given the keys to the city.

The daughter of Pat and Donna, Sara Carruthers, attended Miami with the Class of 1986. As a student, she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority.

Sara is involved with Hamilton’s public access channel – T.V. Hamilton. She oversees broadcasting and video production, including commercial work, voice-overs, show hosting and industrial film work. She was a White House Press assistant during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations.

Sara is also an active philanthropist with involvement in a number of charitable causes. She serves on the boards of the Michael Feinstein Foundation, the Hamilton Community Foundation and P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International. She has also been involved with the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Hamilton (Ohio) Garden Club and the Butler County (Ohio) Republican Party.

Along with her interest in philanthropy, Sara has a passion for theater. She has been recognized with three prestigious Orchid Awards from the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati (ACT) for her excellence in acting. She also actively supports the Mad Anthony Theatre Company. In 2009, Sara, with her father Pat and her late mother, Donna, received the Scripps-Corbett Award in the Arts Supporter category for making a significant difference in the arts through their personal support.

Sara is the mother of young twins Elizabeth and Ralph “Rogue” II.