Strolling through the campus of Tiffin University has always been visually appealing, but now the walk will sound better as well. In fact, you could say that the campus has never sounded so good. The melodic tones that can be heard at the top of every hour are coming from the carillon bells inside Hertzer Technology Center’s clock tower.
Recently, Bill Hertzer (Tiffin University, Class of 1960) donated the carillon in memory of his late wife, Jean Grady Hertzer (TU Class of 1956). Jean passed away in December, but with the addition of the carillon, her memory will live on for generations.
“Jean and I always wanted a carillon on the building,” Hertzer said. “In fact, we never considered the building complete without it. I feel that the addition of the carillon is a fitting memorial to my beloved wife and hopefully, something everyone can enjoy.”
According to Tiffin University President Paul Marion, “Tiffin University is very grateful for this wonderful addition to our growing and vibrant campus and we look forward to hearing the Hertzer carillon bells for decades to come. This is a gift that students, faculty, staff, and the entire community can enjoy and that is music to our ears.”
Jean Hertzer, Class of 1956, Tiffin, Ohio, passed away in December. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Tiffin and a sixty-year member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She and her husband, William, spent the last sixteen winters in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Jean was a member of the board of directors for the Tiffin Rangers and served as their secretary for many years. She enjoyed her associations with both Tiffin University and Heidelberg University “Fellows”. Jean was very proud of the building on the TU campus called “Hertzer Technology Center.”
About the Carillon: The carillon installed inside the Hertzer building is an Adagio digital carillon by Verdin. It offers the truest sound of cast bronze bells available in a digital format. For 170 years, Verdin has created, preserved, and restored distinct bell sounds for more than 20,000 churches across the country. Verdin bell towers and clocks enrich hundreds of the finest communities and college campuses across the country. The carillon at Tiffin University plays the Westminster chimes at the top of every hour between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday