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MacLean Gift to Fund Engineering Sciences Center

A $15 million gift from Barry '60, Th'61 and Mary Ann MacLean of Chicago, Ill., will name the new engineering sciences center at the Thayer School of Engineering. Barry MacLean, who received his AB from Dartmouth in 1960 and a master's in mechanical engineering from Thayer School in 1961, is president and chief executive officer of MacLean-Fogg Company, a diversified company specializing in high-performance fastener and component manufacturing.

Breaking ground (from left): John W. Ballard '55 Tuck-Thayer '56, Chair, Thayer School Board of Overseers; Lewis M. Duncan '55A, Dean of the Thayer School; Mary Ann MacLean; Barry L. MacLean '60 Th '61; and President James Wright.

"It brings me satisfaction to see the College prosper as one of the nation's select institutions. To sustain that, you need to reinvest," he says. "Thayer School produces leaders. The curriculum is really about the discipline of solving problems—in this case, engineering problems—but the method works anywhere and is an important foundation for conducting one's life."

The new building will adjoin Cummings Hall and house a suite of innovative design and laboratory facilities. Designed by Koetter/Kim and Associates of Boston, the four-level, 64,300-square-foot MacLean Engineering Sciences Center responds to Thayer School's need for new space to accommodate its design-studio approach to engineering education.

The centerpiece will be the innovative Thayer School Unified Project Laboratory, a comprehensive student design and fabrication facility. It will house on one level all engineering-project design, fabrication, and instructional laboratory facilities, including a state-of-the-art machine shop, stations for computer-aided design, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering facilities, digital and analog electronics labs, materials and mechanical testing labs, and spaces for technical staff who support student use of these facilities.

MacLean has been a Thayer School overseer since 1974 and chaired the board from 1982 to 1984. He served as a Dartmouth trustee from 1991 to 2001. He was named a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow in 1979 and received the Robert Fletcher Award from Thayer School in 1989 and an honorary master of arts degree from Dartmouth in 1991. He is a member and director of various businesses and professional organizations, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago Hospitals, the Art Institute of Chicago, Newberry Library, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. In addition, he is board chair of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and mayor of the village of Mettawa, Ill.

Mary Ann MacLean is a trustee of Union College and serves on the University of Chicago Visiting Committee to the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine, and on the boards of the Chicago Zoological Society, the Illinois State Museum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and Dartmouth's Rassias Foundation. Three of the couple's five children are Dartmouth graduates.

The MacLeans have generously supported Dartmouth, including endowments for two professorships and a fellowship fund at Thayer School, and an undergraduate scholarship in memory of Barry's brother, John A. MacLean III '55. They also endowed the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, chosen by U.S.News & World Report as the best medical ethics program in the nation.

- By Jamie Hunt

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Last Updated: 5/30/08