Ohio State is mourning the loss of a Buckeye legend. Athletics Director Gene Smith shared a lengthy “In Memoriam” to Charles Csuri on Thursday.

Csuri is described by OSU as a world-renowned artist, long-time faculty member and pioneer of digital art. OSU’s “In Memoriam” notes Csuri was a graduate and professor of art education and computer and information science at for over 40 years. He is credited with leading the development of code to enable artists to produce art in new ways on computers, earning the title of father of computer art” from Smithsonian.

For Buckeye football, Csuri was a 3-year letterman and played on the school’s first national championship team in 1942. Legendary Coach Paul Brown called Csuri “the perfect tackle.” Csuri led the 1942 Buckeyes to a 9-1 record, a Big Ten Conference championship and a No. 1 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. He was named an All-American and the team’s MVP. Csuri was picked by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1944 NFL Draft but declined, opting to serve his country in World War II.

Csuri passed peacefully in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, on Sunday at the age of 99.