One of The Ohio State University's most generous alumni has died. Get the story.

The Ohio State University is mourning the death of one of its most generous benefactors.

Richard J. Solove died on Friday morning, 10TV News reported.

A 1948 graduate of Ohio State, Solove became friends with Dr. Arthur G. James, a noted cancer surgeon at The Ohio State University Medical Center who treated Solove's father.

After his father's death, Solove, 86, worked to secure funding for what would become the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at OSU, which opened in 1990.

In 2007, the former pharmacist and real estate developer auctioned off his Rolls Royce car collection to raise $14 million for cancer research.

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee released a statement that said, "Dick Solove was among the university's most generous alumni, creating an enduring legacy not of bricks and mortar, but of powerful minds and caring individuals working with patients and their families to find a cure for cancer. Dick understood that discovering a cure would take time, resources, and a unique combination of researchers and physicians. All of us at Ohio State are humbled by his trust and investment in us. His passion fuels our work each and every day."


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