Queen City remembers Lindner as influential philanthropist

Carl Lindner, Jr.
Carl Lindner, Jr.

Carl Lindner's impact can be seen all across the Queen City, from the Great American building, to the tennis courts at Sawyer Point.

In stone and on wood, Lindner's legacy has left its mark on the arts, the sciences, and education.

"He was very humble and he was very soft spoken, and yet there was a quiet confidence about him that was unmistakable,"said Jeri Ricketts, Director of the University of Cincinnati business school's Lindner Honors-PLUS program.

Just last week Ricketts says Lindner attended an event for the UC business school that carries his name.

"This is such a huge hole in our community and in the university," Ricketts said. "Everywhere you look in Cincinnati he touched people and made differences in lives."

Lives impacted include young business students whose education is being paid for by a program Lindner helped start.

"The main purpose is to fight the brain-drain in Cincinnati and retain as many of those students in the Cincinnati region," she explained.

"I've heard his name ever since I was a toddler and he's a role model not only for our students but for the rest of our city," said scholarship recipient David Clark.

"His character traits and the way he lived his life, the rest of our students and our entire college not just the students in our program are trying to live up to," Clark said. "[He's] just an absolute role model. You couldn't ask for a bigger role model."

Lindner was a man who touched the lives of people of all backgrounds and ages, including 92-year-old Peg Bigham.

A few months ago she received a special heart procedure made possible by Lindner's donations to Christ Hospital.

"We've been able to really hone in on advanced heart treatment care, to take it to the cutting edge, to provide care that was not routinely provided before," said Dr. Santosh Menon, Director of the Carl and Edith Lindner Heart Treatment Center at Christ Hospital.

"I would have had to of gone way out of town to get the same surgery," explained Bigham.

"Patients had to travel for very routine care previously," Menon said. "But with the Carl and Edith Lindner heart Treatment Center we're able to provide that care locally."