LES “BULLDOG” RADWANY SCHOLARSHIP
The entire Hoban family mourns the loss of Leslie S. Radwany, Jr., Class of 1960. As a student, Les was a leader in the classroom and athletically. He was elected to Student Council all four years and played football, basketball, track and field and participated in Squires, Newspaper and Prefect. Les lived Hoban’s Holy Cross mission and exemplified what it means to be "True to You" through his profession and service to his community.
Les lived out the Holy Cross core values in his personal and professional life, especially excellence, integrity, hope and family. Les and his wife Linda had two sons and also welcomed 63 foster children into their home, eventually adopting two daughters. Many other young people considered Les as their surrogate parent because of his welcoming nature, wise advice and loving guidance.
Founder and President of Consolidated Benefits Agency, Les spent 53 years in the insurance industry. His mascot was a bulldog because he was tenacious in researching and finding his clients the best products to suit their needs. He often said, "The three most important things in business are integrity, integrity and integrity.”
Hoban will honor Les’ memory and legacy through the establishment of The Les “Bulldog” Radwany Scholarship, a permanently restricted endowment of The Hoban Trust Fund. An anonymous alumnus has donated $63,000 ($1,000 in honor of each foster child Les and his wife cared for) while challenging the Hoban community to match his generosity to raise an additional $63,000 to fund this new scholarship.
The scholarship will be awarded to any Hoban student who experienced the foster care system or is adopted, regardless of race, gender or age, and who exemplifies Les’ ideals and principles while embracing the values and mission of Hoban. The scholarship recognizes financial need as well as involvement in the Hoban experience through volunteerism, cocurricular activities, athletics and more.
Donor(s) or other contributors may add to this endowment with gifts of cash, securities or other assets, which, if accepted by the school, will become subject to all the covenants, terms and conditions of the Hoban Trust Fund.
Leslie "Les" S. Radwany, Jr. ’60 died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, after a very short battle with lung disease and Covid. He was born in Akron, Oh., on Jan. 22, 1942, to Les and Rose (Smith) Radwany. Les attended St. Martha Grade School, Archbishop Hoban High School and graduated from the University of Akron in 1967) where he was a member of Lone Star Fraternity.
In 1963 he married Linda Dangel and they had 57 wonderful and exciting years together. They had two sons and over the years cared for 63 foster children, eventually adopting two daughters. As a young man he truly enjoyed coaching CYO football. Many of his former players consider him the best coach they ever had. More recently, he served as a mentor and tutor at Forrest Hill CLC and taught Junior Achievement at Jennings Junior High School. He was currently mentoring a young man through the United Way Mentoring Program.
Always generously giving of his time, treasure and talent, he served on many Boards including Hoban, First Friday Club of Greater Akron, Heart to Heart Communications and Congress Lake Country Club among many others. He also served as a major fundraiser for organizations such as Catholic Charities of Summit County and CYO Camp Christopher. Les wasn't afraid to ask people for money if it would benefit someone else.
As a Catholic, Les was very involved at every parish in which he lived. He served on three pastoral councils, two finance committees, an RCIA team and he chaired a major church renovation in Royal Oak, Mich. In addition, he taught at several parish schools of religion, led Pre-Cana classes and attended multiple Bible studies.
Founder and President of Consolidated Benefits Agency, Les spent 53 years in the insurance industry, earning the professional designations of CLU and Ch.FC. He retired just three months ago at the age of 78. He served his clients well. His mascot was a bulldog because he was tenacious in researching and finding his clients the best products to suit their needs. He said, "The three most important things in business are integrity, integrity and integrity. Say what you mean and mean what you say!"