McDonogh alumnus gives $6 million for tech building

March 25, 2010|By By Mary Gail Hare | The Baltimore Sun

A 1954 graduate who attended McDonogh School on a scholarship has given his alma mater $6 million to construct a science and technology building on the Owings Mills campus.

In presenting the gift from the Naylor Family Foundation of York, Pa., Irvin S. Naylor spoke of his great respect for the school and called the building, to be named in his honor, the next major step in the growth of McDonogh.

"Whatever success and luck I've had in life, I attribute it to the discipline and focus I learned at McDonogh," he told the faculty Tuesday, when the award was announced.

The Naylor Building, part of a sweeping transformation proposed for the school's 800-acre campus, will offer academic space for grades nine through 12. Plans call for construction of a student center, renovation of legacy buildings and replacement of infrastructure with energy-efficient systems.

Headmaster Charles W. Britton called Naylor a dedicated and thoughtful benefactor who has recognized McDonogh's needs over the years and supported the school. A major gift from Naylor last year went toward an indoor riding arena. Naylor has also established a scholarship and helped fund the library, arts center, athletic wrestling center and swimming pool, as well as endowing two teaching awards.

"McDonogh is so fortunate in its alumni, who have felt so compelled to give back to the school," said Lynn McKain, director of communications.

While attending the school from 1942 to 1954, Naylor was an avid rider as well as an accomplished wrestler. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from the University of Miami. He founded several successful companies and currently owns Snow Time Inc., the operator of Pennsylvania ski areas Whitetail, Roundtop and Liberty.

Three generations of Naylors have attended McDonogh, including his son and two grandchildren.

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