Health and Medical Sciences Building Named

November 15, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees has approved “Gallaher Hall” as the name for the University’s Health and Medical Sciences Building, which is currently under construction on Union Avenue.

The building has been named for the late Dr. Charles S. Gallaher ‘25. While attending Mount Union, Gallaher was an active brother of Phi Kappa Tau. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in medicine from the University of Louisville. During World War II, he served as commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in the southwest Pacific. He later worked as staff physician at the Kodak Company and became a surgeon and administrator of Park Ridge Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Gallaher served on the Mount Union Board of Trustees from 1956 to 1994 and was honored with the Alumni Service Award in 1994. In 1979, he established the Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Gallaher Scholarship Fund to be used to assist worthy students.

“Dr. Gallaher was a long-time supporter of Mount Union, both financially and through his work on the Board,” said Greg King, vice president for University advancement at Mount Union. “This generous gift will help Mount Union continue to provide outstanding facilities for our students.”

The new facility, being built by Hammond Construction, will house Mount Union’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, as well as possible future health-related programs. In addition, it will become the new home to the University’s master’s program in physician assistant studies, currently located in Bracy Hall, which enrolls more than 60 students and welcomed its fifth cohort in May.

With a projected cost of $12.5 million, Gallaher Hall will include an operating simulation room, exam rooms, skill labs, a conference room, tiered and regular classrooms, expansion space, a courtyard and faculty offices. The facility will come in the form of a new building connected by a walkway to the south end of Bracy Hall along Union Avenue.

“We are extremely thankful for the gift from the Gallaher family, which will help future generations of students pursue medical-related degrees at Mount Union,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “This state-of-the-art facility will better assist our expert faculty members as they prepare students for successful careers in the medical field upon graduation.”

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