by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University awarded the Cedarville University Medal of Honor to Ervin J. (posthumously) and Zoe Dell Nutter at the University’s June 2, 2001 commencement. Ervin (E.J.), who passed away in January 2000, and Zoe Dell enriched the Miami Valley region through their leadership in the area’s business, civic, education, and philanthropic enterprises. E.J. was one of Greene County’s most prominent industrialists, having started a number of manufacturing businesses and donating his time and resources to numerous schools and organizations. His long-time reputation in business was “Always put people ahead of the bottom line.” Zoe Dell was vitally involved in the aviation industry, partnering with E.J. in numerous leadership and philanthropic ventures. Under her leadership as chair and president, the National Aviation Hall of Fame became the premiere organization in America for honoring the heroes of flight. The Nutters are largely responsible for celebrating and promoting the aviation industry across America. The Cedarville Board of Trustees was pleased to unanimously approve the Nutters as the 2001 Medal of Honor recipients.