Alumni Couple Donates $1.7M

By John Ombelets
Contributing Writer

W. Douglas Hajjar '68, and Mary K. Hajjar '69, have given Boston College a gift that will provide $1.7 million for the proposed Student Sports Center.

"It's a much-needed student facility," said Doug Hajjar in explaining his interest. "A state-of-the-art recreational facility at Boston College will be helpful in continuing to attract top students and athletes."

The Hajjars, long-time members of President's Circle, the Leadership Guild and Boston College parents, said they were most impressed with the design of the proposed building, in terms of space utilization and the way it interlocks with Conte Forum and the north end of Alumni Stadium. The five-story structure would more than double the amount of usable space that currently exists, while occupying less ground area - freeing up room on the Lower Campus for green space and parking.

"It is most appropriate that the names of Doug and Mary Hajjar will be permanently associated with the new recreational sports facility," said University President J. Donald Monan, SJ. "Their lives and those of their family have been closely connected to the University for many years. Their generosity will enrich the total Boston College experience for students by meeting their recreational needs far into the next century."

"Doug and Mary have been tremendous in their support for Boston College," added Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong. "When the project directly affects the lives of students, they have always stepped to the forefront."

The main lobby and atrium of the new building will be named for the Hajjars, an honor they said they appreciated. "But we've always been happy to contribute to Boston College on its merits," he said.

He recalled that when he and Mary met while car-pooling to classes at Boston College in the mid-1960s, McElroy Commons was the most luxurious student facility on campus, so they have taken a particular interest in projects geared towards students. They contributed to the Conte Forum project and the Carroll School of Management campaign.

There is a long BC family tradition in the Hajjar family. Doug's father William is 1949 BC graduate, brother Peter is Class of 1972, three children have graduated from the University - Kimberley '90, William '91 and Amy '96 - and daughter Allison will start as a freshman in the fall.

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