DAYTON — Dayton-area entrepreneur and philanthropist Roger Glass, the president and CEO of Marion’s Piazza, died Wednesday at the hospice.
News Center 7 host James Brown was able to confirm the news of Glass’s death through one of the restaurants and two other sources close to Glass.
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Last November, the University of Dayton announced plans to build the Roger Glass Center for the Arts on the southeast corner of Main Street and Stewart Street.
According to University of Dayton magazine, he was the primary donor to the center, UD’s first building dedicated to concerts, dance and theater performances, and art exhibitions.
The $45 million, 51,000 square foot center will include flexible spaces for theater, dance and performance technology students to experiment and innovate; a 400-seat concert hall that can be acoustically tailored for groups ranging from orchestras to smaller ensembles; and a visible and accessible art gallery, according to the university.
The center will also provide customized experiential learning environments for student-managed media – Flyer News, Flyer TV and Flyer Radio – to prepare for media careers. Student demand for the academic and experiential learning programs offered at Roger Glass Center has been growing for many years.
The project is supported by 120 donors, including Martha M. Walter, whose 2002 legacy was crucial for a future arts center to make the facility possible. Donors also include faculty and staff who wanted to support the vision for the arts center.
“The Roger Glass Center for the Arts will be the university’s front porch, a community access point to campus, and an architectural bridge between the historic campus and the new development that will emerge at Main, Dayton’s Imagination District,” Jason Pierce , former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, told the university’s magazine for an article published in March.
The facility is expected to open in the 2023/24 school year.
The Chaminade Julienne High School sports facility, which opened in August 2016, is named Roger Glass Stadium.
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The $6 million facility features a practice field, stadium seating for more than 2,100 people and a 99,600 square foot stadium field at the corners of Longworth and Eaker Streets, used to host high school football, soccer and lacrosse competitions School is designed for professional football matches.
Roger Glass was the second-generation owner of the pizza business his father, Marion Glass, founded in 1965.
In January 2019, Glass was named Daytonian of the Week Dayton.com.
In October 2018, Pizza Today named Marion’s No. 1 on its “Hot 100” list for the third straight year based on the chain’s sales success. dayton.com Reported January 2019.
Marion’s Piazza also won in three categories Dayton.com Best of 2018 competition, winning the Best Pizza Restaurant, Best Square-Cut Pizza, and Best Restaurant to Take an Out-of-Towner categories.
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