Oscar Boonshoft (1917-2010) and Marjorie Boonshoft (1928-2004)
Boonshoft is a household word relating to many charitable projects and organizations that Oscar and Marjorie Boonshoft supported. Oscar Boonshoft was a mechanical engineer with a career spanning over 30 years, including time at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, before his retirement in 1970. Marjorie Boonshoft was a partner in the family’s philanthropic and community activities.
The couple’s numerous philanthropic endeavors in the city of Dayton included: the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Boonshoft Center for Medical Sciences at Kettering College, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and the Marjorie and Oscar Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education, to name only a few. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked them in the top 50 on a list of national donors and recognized their charitable gifts in 2006. Oscar and Marjorie Boonshoft’s philanthropic work is legendary in the forever grateful Dayton community.