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WVU Foundation honors philanthropist Hazel Ruby McQuain, McQuain Charitable Trust

on Mon, 06/04/2012 - 08:00

The West Virginia University Foundation is recognizing one of WVU’s most generous benefactors by permanently naming one of the Foundation’s annual awards in its honor.

Established in 2005, the Foundation’s outstanding philanthropic foundation award is now known as the Hazel Ruby McQuain Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award.

“This honor recognizes Mrs. McQuain’s service and philanthropy during her lifetime, as well as her foresight in establishing the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust to carry on her extraordinary legacy of philanthropy,” said Wayne King, WVU Foundation president and CEO.

Following the extraordinary example of its founder, the McQuain Charitable Trust has made donations to a wide variety of causes and programs across the University, including WVU Hospitals, School of Medicine, College of Law, WVU Alumni Association, Athletics, as well as the establishment of the cross-disciplinary Ruby Scholars Graduate Research Fellowships. The combined value of Mrs. McQuain’s giving and the McQuain Charitable Trust’s grants to WVU is nearly $40 million.

Mrs. McQuain, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 93, endowed four chairs in the WVU School of Medicine; created the Hazel Ruby McQuain WVU College of Law Deans Endowment Fund; and generously supported various University programs and recreational facilities. Mrs. McQuain also made an $8 million gift toward the construction of Ruby Memorial Hospital, which was named after her late husband, J.W. Ruby. She served as an 11-year member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors.

“The WVU Foundation is honoring Mrs. McQuain in a permanent and lasting way by renaming this award of which the Trust was the inaugural recipient. She has the distinction of making the first $1 million and multi-million dollar gifts to WVU,” said Lyn Dotson, Foundation senior vice president for development. “The Hazel Ruby McQuain Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation Award will be presented annually to a foundation that has followed Mrs. McQuain’s example in providing extraordinary support to WVU.”

The Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust was honored at the Foundation’s annual Woodburn Circle Society Induction Ceremony and Dinner June 1.

The WVU Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.

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