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St. Mary’s College of Maryland Receives Largest Gift in College History

Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for decades to come will be the beneficiaries of the largest gift in the College’s history, announced today during the grand opening ceremony for the new Performing Arts Center and Learning Commons. Longtime benefactor Nancy R. Dodge provided the gift. In recognition of this historic contribution, the College announced the naming of the new facility as the Nancy R. and Norton T. Dodge Performing Arts Center, honoring both Mrs. Dodge and her late husband, a former St. Mary’s College trustee and professor of economics. “Norton contributed generously to St. Mary’s College and I felt that it was important for me to contribute also,” said Mrs. Dodge. “Without a fine education, especially in the liberal arts, one is handicapped socially and intellectually it seems to me. The better educated we are, the better we are able to contribute meaningfully to society.” The future Dodges first met when Professor Dodge was a St. Mary’s College trustee. In 1980, the same year the couple were married, Professor Dodge resigned from the board and became a professor of economics, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. The couple’s generosity to the College has continued throughout […]

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