Ray and Peggy Pettit


Ray and Peggy Pettit, longtime friends of Stonehill and parents of Stonehill alumna Kathleen Pettit '85, have taken their relationship with the College to a new level. They have made a $1 million gift to underwrite the atrium in the new Science Center.

Designated as the social space area of the Science Center, the 500-seat Atrium will accommodate lectures, presentations, and functions. Overlooking the pond that is adjacent to the main road, the Atrium will also command an attractive view of the natural beauty on campus.

A trustee for six years, Ray Pettit served as chair of the Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1987. In 2002, he became a trustee emeritus, and in 2004, he received an honorary doctor of business administration degree from the College.

For the Pettits, this gift is testimony to 25 years of friendship between their family and the College. "Although we are not graduates of this fine institution, we have long recognized its outstanding value to current and future students. It has a strong commitment to excellence in all aspects of a college education, community activities, and culture. We consider it a privilege and an honor to share in Stonehill's ascent as it becomes one of the finest Catholic colleges in our United States," said Ray and Peggy Pettit when asked about their gift.

"Not only are Ray and Peggy generous, but also they always find ways of pushing us forward and helping us where we need it most. Symbolically and substantially, their gift sets a leadership example for our efforts to build the Science Center. We cannot thank them enough," said Vice President for Advancement Francis X. Dillon '70.