Malloy Hall due next year
Special to The Observer
The new theology/philosophy building under construction at the University is being underwritten by Donald Keough, chairman emeritus of the Univer-sity's Board of Trustees, and will be called Edward A. Malloy Hall in honor of Notre Dame's president, who also is a full professor of theology.
Malloy Hall is a 67,000-square-feet office building for faculty and graduate students in the departments of theology and philosophy and also includes a chapel, conference rooms and other amenities. It will be completed by the opening of the 2001-02 academic year, and dedication events, including an academic conference and honorary degree ceremony, will coincide with the fall meeting of the University's Trustees in October.
"Don Keough is at the forefront of that group of contemporary Notre Dame benefactors who rightly can be called the University's `new founders' -those whose support has propelled Notre Dame to and international prestige," Father Malloy said in acknowledging the gift. "I am flattered and humbled by his wish that the building carry my name."
"It was my great good fortune, as chairman of the Board of the University, to be part of the selection of Father Malloy as Notre Dame's president in 1987," Keough said. "Both walking at his side, along with vice chairman Andy McKenna and the Board, and watching from the wings, I have seen his legacy as a leader of Notre Dame take shape over the past 14 years. My family and I are pleased that his name will identify the theology and philosophy center at Notre Dame."
Keough is chairman of the board of Allen & Company, Incorporated, a New York investment-banking firm which he joined following a distinguished, 43-year career with The Coca-Cola Company. He retired from Coca-Cola in 1993 as president, chief operating officer and a director and remains an advisor to its board.
The father of five Notre Dame graduates, Keough was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University at Commencement in 1985 -the same day his youngest son received his baccalaureate degree-and in 1993 he was awarded the University's Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.
Keough's gifts to the University have been as numerous as they have been generous. With his wife, Marilyn, he established the University's prestigious Irish studies institute, and the institute, its principal academic chair, and Notre Dame's Irish studies center in Dublin's historic Newman House all bear the Keough name. Marilyn Keough joined her husband as the recipient of a Notre Dame honorary degree during the dedication ceremonies for the Dublin center in October 1998. Keough residence hall on the Notre Dame campus also was a gift from the couple and is named for Marilyn.
Don Keough was elected a Notre Dame Trustee in 1978, served as chairman of the Board from 1986-92, and was designated a Life Trustee in 1997.
All News Stories for Monday, April 30, 2001