The Case legacy


Shortly before his death in 1880, Leonard Case Jr. set in motion the founding of the Case School of Applied Science, one of the first colleges in America focused on a technical education. His school trained the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who propelled Cleveland to the forefront of the industrial revolution.


Leonard Case’s legacy lives on in the Case School of Engineering, an integral part of Case Western Reserve University, one of the nation’s leading research universities.


In creating opportunities for others, Leonard Case Jr. followed the example set by his father, Leonard Case Sr., Cleveland’s first philanthropist. He also reflected the qualities of his brother, William Case, an education enthusiast and adventurer who corresponded with John Audubon. In this section of our website, we explore the legacy of the Case family and its lasting impact on the city they loved.








The Stories

Case Legacy

A man, a vision, a new kind of university

How a pioneering family launched a college and shaped its personality forever.

Case family gifts to Cleveland

The Case School of Applied Science was only one of many gifts and bequests from the Case family.  Tom Kicher ’59, MS ’62, PhD ’65, details the Case legacy of philanthropy.

A legacy of engineering innovation

The 140-year history of the Case School of Engineering is busy with discovery and advancements in the field.

Keeper of the keepsakes

In Case memorabilia, Professor Frank Merat finds the trappings of a great university.