Tree Planted in Memory of Philanthropist

by Public Relations

Cedarville University celebrated Earth Day and the life and work of Dr. Michael Horton by planting a tree in memoriam of his generous donations.

Horton, who passed away July 2009, gave abundantly of his time and resources towards the conservation of Ohio forests, grasslands and wetlands. He contributed vast numbers of grassland plants and trees to the Fairborn area.

Horton along with his family have donated over 90 trees to the Cedarville campus, including nine red maples that have recently been planted along the sidewalk on the west side of the Centennial Library. When Horton passed away, he left the Michael L. Horton Fund for Landscape and Science Enhancement to promote the awareness, appreciation and use of trees and green space on Cedarville’s campus.

Marsha Horton, Horton’s widow, helped the Cedarville University grounds crew plant a beautiful, 20-foot-tall red oak on the north side of the Fitness-Recreation Center to honor her husband’s contributions. Also in attendance was Marsha’s brother, Craig, who along with student members of the Cedarville University environmental stewardship organization, Pro Terra Forma, helped add soil to secure the newly planted tree. The event was a vivid celebration of Horton’s tangible contributions.

Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs. Featuring a worldwide Christian ministries program, the University offers more than 100 areas of study to 3,000 students. Visit the University website at