Bob Ohmann ‘68
Bob grew up in Lyons and worked in his dad’s movie theater, selling tickets and popcorn and cleaning up the place. He was a member of the varsity football team for 3 years, and he also played basketball, baseball, and tennis.
After graduating in 1968, Bob studied marketing at Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, N.Y. but left school in 1970 and began wiring buildings for a contractor. He got a job as an assistant site supervisor in Buffalo for Virginia-based Ryan Homes in 1972 and worked his way into a sales job in 1976. He was hired by Key Homes out of Raleigh in 1983 as vice president. Bob started St. Lawrence Homes in 1989 and the company was runner-up “Small Business of the Year” for the state of North Carolina in 2003.
The Lyons School District has been the beneficiary of many outstanding gifts from Bob over the years. He donated funds for a new Fitness Center at the High School in 2002. Other contributions include lights for the sports fields, press boxes, score clocks, concession stands, wrestling mats, and numerous upgrades for all athletic fields just to name a few. Bob has also purchased uniforms and warm ups for many of the sports teams at Lyons. Several local players have been sent to the North Carolina Wolfpack Youth Football Camp and last spring he hosted the varsity baseball team during their spring trip to North Carolina.
Bob was instrumental in the development of the new Lyons Community Center that opened this past summer. His generous contributions to the town he grew up in include funding for youth sports, local churches, the Lyons Fire Department, Wayne County Literacy, and the Lyons Public Library.
Bob lives in Raleigh with his wife Leslie, and their two children.