After playing at Ohio State in the 1910s, Leo, the son of a Russian immigrant, settled in Columbus and went into construction. He built the Orthodox synagogue in Columbus, the original JCC, and the Hillel house at Ohio State. A philanthropist while alive, Leo left a considerable portion of his assets to a charitable foundation when he died in 1971. The Columbus JCC is named the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. October 15, 1893- d. August 1971
Leo played two seasons at Ohio State in the 1910s. In 1914, he joined his older brother Sol Yassenoff on the Buckeyes' offensive line. The team finished fourth in the Western Conference (the predecessor of the Big Ten) with a record of 2-2 (5-2 overall). The following year, Leo played without Sol and helped lead the Buckeyes to tie for third in the conference (2-1-1) and an overall record of 5-1-1.
Yassenoff played on the offensive line at Ohio State from 1914-15.
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