BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College is deeply saddened to announce the passing of G. Ogden Nutting, an esteemed member of the board of trustees who served the College with unwavering dedication for an incredible 45 years. Nutting’s contributions to Bethany College will forever be remembered and cherished. 

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ogden Nutting, who dedicated his life to the betterment of Bethany College and our community,” says Bethany President Dr. Jamie Caridi. “He will forever be remembered, and we are grateful for the countless ways he left his mark on our beloved institution.”

Throughout his remarkable tenure as a trustee, Nutting played an instrumental role in shaping the College’s growth and success. His tireless commitment to the advancement of the institution has left an indelible mark on the Bethany community. Nutting’s visionary leadership and steadfast support have been invaluable in guiding the College’s strategic initiatives and ensuring its continued excellence. 

In recognition of his exceptional service and dedication, Bethany College presented Nutting with an Honorary Doctorate in 2001. Furthermore, in 2012, Nutting was chosen to join the illustrious “Wall of Fame” in Bethany College’s communication and media arts department. This honor bestowed upon him highlights his significant contributions to the field and his role in shaping the College’s communication programs. Nutting also contributed to the institution often, with the Nutting Gymnasium and Ogden Dining Halls being named after him.  

“Ogden Nutting’s remarkable 45-year journey as a member of the Bethany College board of trustees leaves a legacy of wisdom and unwavering commitment,” says Board of Trustees Chairman Ken Bado ‘77. “His guidance has been a cornerstone in shaping the institution’s path. We mourn his passing while celebrating the impact he has left on the College and its community.” 

“With G. Ogden Nutting’s passing, Bethany has lost one of its greatest advocates and longest serving Board members,” says Marc Chernenko. “I first met him when I was a Bethany student, and we became better acquainted when I joined the Board in 2000. I frequently sat next to Ogden in board meetings. His contributions demonstrated his vast business acumen, unique wisdom, and love of the role of the Bethany experience. In more recent years we had frequent opportunities to see each other at Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games. On each occasion, he never failed to ask for news of Bethany’s campus, with a most fervent interest. He was an unwavering supporter of Mr. Campbell’s college and her students. We have all lost a great friend.” 

Nutting, a resident of Wheeling, was also the longtime owner of Ogden Newspapers Inc. Which originated from his grandfather’s founding of The Wheeling Evening News in 1890. With over 60 years in the company, he held various roles. In 1996, Nutting joined an ownership group led by Kevin McClatchy, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, which prevented the team from leaving Pittsburgh. Eventually, Nutting’s son, Bob, took the majority ownership from McClatchy in 2007. Bob Nutting is also the President and CEO of Ogden Newspapers. 

As we mourn the loss of this extraordinary individual, Bethany College extends its deepest condolences to G. Ogden Nutting’s family, friends, and colleagues. The impact he made during his tenure at Bethany College will continue to inspire generations to come.