NEWARK, Ohio, October 5, 2016 – As Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, it is also celebrating a gift that will further the educational opportunities on the shared campus of COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark. John G. Tammen, Rebecca G. Tammen, Susan Tammen Bryant and Lauren E. Bryant were heirs to more than 31 acres of pristine, undeveloped, wooded property on Country Club Drive, just west of the Newark campus of COTC and Ohio State Newark and recently donated the land to the college. The donation was intended to create a meaningful and lasting legacy to honor their ancestors.
Susan and John's grandfather, William Camlin, purchased the property in 1933. Camlin was a general contractor and owned The W. J. Camlin Company. He started the company in 1928 just before the Great Depression. He built a home on the Country Club Drive property as a way to give his crews work during the depression.
"When my grandfather bought the land, it was all forest and farmland nearby," said John Tammen. "The city grew in around the property. The property was a great source of recreation for our family. We enjoyed it in its natural state. We want to leave it just the way it was."
The land, including timber, has been appraised at $336,000. Although the land will be owned by COTC, the college's intention is to operate the property in the short-term as a cost-shared land lab with The Ohio State University at Newark, so that faculty, staff and students from both institutions can utilize it as a resource for learning.
"As kids, my sister and I spent a lot of time running around in those woods, like any kid would," said Tammen. "You can get lost in those woods. When my older cousins came to visit we'd take long hikes."
Camlin was originally from Rockford, Illinois. He knew he needed to get a college degree to get a good job, so he borrowed the money he needed and attended the University of Wisconsin. That's where he met his wife, Katherine Browne Camlin. The Camlins moved to Ohio when William got a job in Columbus, and they eventually moved to Newark and made it their home. William Camlin became very involved in the Newark community. He was once the president of the Newark Rotary Club. Camlin passed away in 1986.
"He always spoke to us about the importance of getting a college education," said Tammen. "He would think that it is wonderful that the property will now be used by students and professors at the campus."
William Camlin's daughter, Jane Camlin Tammen, eventually became the sole owner of the property after Camlin passed away. When she died in 2015, she left the property to her children. Jane was a lifelong resident of Licking County. The donation was made to COTC to honor both William Camlin and Jane Tammen.
COTC will be honoring the Tammen Family on October 7th with a ceremony and presentation of a resolution. A reception will be held in the John Gilbert Reese Center's Alford Performing Arts Hall from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Visits to the property will be strictly managed by the college.
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.