Fitting tribute

Berry science alumni from the 1950s and ’60s are renowned for their pioneering accomplishments, up to and including NASA’s history-making moon shots and other initiatives in space. Given their considerable record of achievement, it should come as no surprise that when members of this group set their minds to naming Berry’s science building after their longtime mentor, the late Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister, they found a way to make it happen.

Announced May 19, this alumni-driven campaign to honor the man known affectionately as “Dr. Mac” has already surpassed the initial goal of $5 million. The project continues so that all those who are interested in honoring Dr. Mac with gifts that support science education and student scholarships will have the opportunity to do so. A naming ceremony will be held Mountain Day Weekend.

A special Web page has been established to help spread the word about this unique fundraising initiative and to educate new generations about Dr. Mac, a faculty member from 1932-71 who founded the physics program and helped lay the groundwork for Berry’s continuing commitment to excellence in the sciences. If you are one of his former students, we hope you will take a moment to visit the page and share your memories.

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