The Summit Country Day School on Sept. 5 awarded its Ne Ultra Award to Edward “Hap” Castleberry, a retired Cincinnati entrepreneur and longtime supporter of the Hyde Park school.
Ne Ultra means “none higher” in Latin. The award is given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the future progress of The Summit.
“There are two characteristics of Ne Ultra honorees – accomplishment and care,” said Head of School Rich Wilson during The Summit’s Leaders of Character Society recognition ceremony at Devou Park. “Through endowments for scholarships and faculty development, Hap Castleberry has made a significant and lasting impact on the future of our school. He cares deeply that our students and teachers have opportunities to learn.”
Castleberry graduated from The Summit Boys School in 1946 in an era before the Upper School was co-educational. He went to Brown University and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Xavier University. In Cincinnati, he worked in his family’s dairy business until he sold it in 1963. Then, he purchased a local building maintenance company and expanded it to five states. Over the course of his career, he bought, managed and sold several companies and real estate through E.F. Castleberry Associates, E.F.C. Enterprises and Radec Realty.
Castleberry is a member of the Xavier University Business Hall of Fame, founder and chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame and a founder of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association. He has chaired the Cincinnati Citizen’s Committee on Youth, the Cincinnati Chapter of the World’s President Organization, Junior Achievement and the Center for Economic Education and Resource. He has served as director of the Ohio State Development Corporation and was trustee of the Xavier University Entrepreneurship Center.
At one time, Castleberry was ranked 14th nationally in the 65 and over Men’s Tennis Doubles.
Castleberry is a member of a four-generation Summit family. His mother graduated from The Summit’s Upper School in 1920. His four children attended or graduated from The Summit and five of his grandchildren, including three current students, have attended the school.
Over the years, he and his late wife, Susan, have been generous benefactors of the arts, youth, healthcare and education in Cincinnati. They also have been generous to The Summit. In 2005, they endowed the Castleberry Family Fund which offers a scholarship to children with financial need in grades 1-8. They established the Constance Alf Castleberry ’20 endowed scholarship in honor of his mother and the Castleberry Curriculum Development Fund to provide summer grants for teachers to enhance the curriculum. Castleberry also memorialized his late wife with an endowed scholarship in her name.
“The Ne Ultra Award has been given only four times previously, to benefactors whose history of support to The Summit is head and shoulders above all others,” Wilson said. “Hap Castleberry is clearly in that league,” said Wilson. “The Castleberry scholarships, which are given to students in grades one through 12 who display leadership, Christian values and community spirit, help make a Summit education more affordable for children across the Tristate while the endowment for professional development helps teachers be innovative.”
The Summit Country Day School is an independent, Catholic, co-educational school providing a rigorous, character-based curriculum for students from 18 months through grade 12. The school’s mission is to develop leaders of character who can make the world a better place. Learn more at www.summitcds.org.