Jerry Sandusky case overshadows Lasch Building namesakes’ good deeds, family says


By Russ O’Reilly, Altoona Mirror

Many don’t know that Lasch played a significant role in establishing Penn State’s athletic booster club in 1959.

Allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children in the Lasch Building towers over the family’s generosity to Penn State.

“If you Google-search my grandfather’s name, you get pedophilia,” Lasch’s grandson Andy Smukler said in an interview with the Mirror

Andy Smukler, a Philadelphia-based equity trader, doesn’t follow the Sandusky trial closely. He is fed up with it, he said.

He hopes justice will be served for victims.

But the trustees’ hasty dismissal of Paterno, who fulfilled his legal obligation in 2002 by relaying his staff member’s allegation against Sandusky to the university athletic director, was Andy’s motivation to completely separate himself from the university without any desire to look back.  

“The way they treated him soured me on everything,” Andy said.

“There is no closure,” Connie said. “And there won’t be any closure.”

As for the Lasch Building, Connie believes it is still a wonderful building for its physical features and the real story behind it — the gift it was from Mildred.

“It was strictly of her volition, of her love for Joe and Sue, and of course, Penn State football because that was an extension of Joe,” Connie said.

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