James Thurber

James Thurber was born in Columbus in 1894 and served as Editor-In-Chief for The Sundial during his time at OSU (1913-1918). Because of an injury as a child, he was blind in one eye and had extreme difficulty completing the then-mandatory ROTC training. Thurber left OSU without a degree, but went on to become one of the most noted humorists of his time, contributing both articles and cartoons to The New Yorker while also publishing several highly-acclaimed, hilarious novels. Among his many genius short stories is the oft-referenced gem “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, which has just been adapted into a Ben Stiller movie of the same name.

Thurber was awarded a posthumous degree in 1995, because it is very hard for universities to look people in the eye when they admit their mistakes.