One of Ohio Dominican's most iconic figures in Panther Athletics and University history, Dominican Sister of Peace Charles Marie Brantl, passed away on Thursday, August 21.
During her tenure at Ohio Dominican from 1965 to 1976, Sr. Charles Marie directed programs in Business and Economics. It was during this time in the University's history that the first classes of men were admitted. With the enrollment of men, Sr. Charles Marie played a foundational role in establishing men's intercollegiate athletics, including basketball in 1966 and baseball in 1970. Sr. Charles Marie would continue to play a role in shaping Ohio Dominican as a longtime member of the Board of Trustees and as an advocate for the University, assisting in several campaigns to build and renovate many of the major athletic facilities on campus, including Alumni Hall.
Sister Charles Marie’s dedication to Panther Athletics was recognized in 1997 when she was inducted into the Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class of 1997. The University also recognized her contributions with an honorary degree in 2005.
Today, her athletic legacy lives on through the Sister Charles Marie Brantl Most Influential Panther Award. The award, presented to a faculty or staff member nominated by senior student-athletes, is given at ODU's Annual Faculty and Staff Excellence Night.
We say goodbye to a friend, a mentor, a leader and an athlete. Sr. Charles Marie Brantl is and will always be the model of excellence for Ohio Dominican University and Panther Athletics.