Probably the best-known humanitarian who has ever lived in Grove City was a man by the name of Leslie A. Bostic.  He was honored a few years ago by the local Rotary Club for his civic accomplishments and as a visionary leader. 

Dr. Les Bostic, as he was known throughout the community, is the founding executive director of what is known today as The Buckeye Ranch.  He held that position for 40 years.

Raised on a farm in North Carolina, his work background provided insights into his efforts at The Ranch.  After college, he worked as a prison guard with a shotgun draped over his shoulder.  He also worked for a while as a probation officer and later as a clinical social worker.   

After retirement, he served as the city administrator for the City of Grove City and on many other boards that impacted the community, children and Central Ohio.  His awards over the years are almost too numerous to count including two Governor’s Award; one from Democrat John Gilligan and another from Republican George Voinovich.

Next time you’re in the Grove City Town Center, stop by the municipal building and view his plaque at the southwest corner of Park Street.