October 6, 2016, marked the official dedication of the new F.M. Kirby Math and Science Center. A physical testament to the School’s investment in the fields of math and science, the building sheds new light on the importance of two age-old disciplines in preparing students for success in the 21st century.
The event was well-attended and included Lawrenceville’s Math and Science faculties, members of the Kirby family, architects Barbara and Bob Hillier ’55 P’11, general contractors Greg Scozzari ’80 and Vince Scozzari ’79 P’12, and the Lawrenceville Board of Trustees, among other guests.
Board President Tom Carter ’70 P’01 ’05 expressed his sincere appreciation to The F. M. Kirby Foundation, Clara and Joe Tsai ’82, Goodwin Gaw ’87, Kenneth Gaw ’88, Miriam and Granger Hwa ’81 P’14 ’17, Christina and Tommy Lee ’85 P’16 ’18, and the Leung Family for their support. It was their generosity that turned a shared vision into a reality.
The F. M. Kirby Foundation and the Kirby family have a strong connection to Lawrenceville tracing back to Allan P. Kirby, Class of 1913, H’63 P’38 GP’70 ’77 ’80 ’83 GGP’11 ’12 ’15 ’18, and former trustee emeritus. Trustee Jeff Kirby ’80 P’11 ’12 ’15 ’18, vice president and a director of the Foundation, spoke of the great sense of pride the family has as Lawrentians and in the Foundation’s ability to support a wide range of academic pursuits and capital improvements across campus over the years.
School Chaplain Reverend Sue Anne Steffey Morrow H’12 gave the building her blessing in poetic fashion. Dividing the attendees into three parts, she asked the groups to respond, “the light,” at the end of each stanza. The exercise was a reflection on the building’s abundant natural light through an extensive system of skylights, one of many brilliant architectural details incorporated into the new space.
“The blending of the new wing with the old is virtually seamless, while still allowing Math and Science to have their own identities,” noted Kirby in his remarks. “Attention now turns to the opportunities for these two fine departments to make optimal use of the space… As the math and science faculty surely know; others can build you a house; they now will make it a home.”
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