Part of the "Gateway to the Quad," low stone walls and new walkways invite Laurentians to pause and enjoy the ambience.

Quad Named For Richard F. Brush '52

Alumnus's gift creates new entrances to central green space

Ryan Deuel

The newly renovated Quad has received a generous gift from one of the University’s largest benefactors, creating new entrances that will enhance the central green space on campus.

Trustee Emeritus Richard F. Brush ’52’s gift of $2 million has created a “Gateway to the Quad” and has added support to the University endowment. He made the gift in honor of his brother and Trustee Emeritus John “Jack” D. Brush ’50, and in honor of his lifelong St. Lawrence friends, the late William R. “Bill” Davis ’50 and William J. “Bill” Caldwell ’50. In honor of this gift, the Quad now bears the name the Richard F. Brush ’52 University Quad.

“A thoughtful charitable gift to one’s alma mater is fulfilling to both the giver and the institution,” Brush said. “I am especially pleased to honor Jack, Bill and Bill, and help the University move forward.”

“This is a special gift to St. Lawrence,” said President William L. Fox ’75, “because it both helps the University with our campus master plan and reinforces the life-long connections that are made among Laurentians. Dick’s generosity and loyalty to St. Lawrence are unmatched, and it is wonderful that he continues to demonstrate the importance of philanthropy for our students and other Laurentians. I am delighted that we now have the Brush Quad, and I know it will be loved for generations.”

Brush’s gift has allowed the University to replace the asphalt roadways that ran between Dean-Eaton Hall and the Quad and from the Quad toward Sykes Residence and Sullivan Student Center. The new walkway extends Millennium Way from Brewer Bookstore to the southwest corner of the Quad. The Gateway to the Quad project was completed for the start of this year’s fall semester.

Brush, who resides in Fairport, New York, and on the Pacific coast in Oregon, has also been a very generous benefactor to the arts at the University. The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery is named in recognition of his generosity.