Alum’s Gift to Science Center Honors His Parents
September 15, 2009

 

Roche Scholarship Recipients

Behind the plaques outside of many rooms in the new Science Center, there are personal stories of gratitude and remembrance.

Named in honor of Margaret and Coleman Folan, Room 256 is dedicated to psychology research.

John Folan remembers that his mother, Margaret, always stressed the importance of attending college and obtaining his degree. Thanks to her love and support, Folan not only graduated from Stonehill in 1965, he also went on to become a successful attorney.

With the encouragement of his wife, Judy, and his sister, Mary, Folan made a family gift to the Science Center as a way of thanking his parents for the guidance they gave him in life.

Recently, before classes began, Folan, along with his wife and sister, brought his 104-year-old mother to campus so that she could see for herself the research room that bears the Folan name.

"I have always appreciated the quality of education I received at Stonehill. When I attended, it was primarily a commuter school and you could work to pay tuition. Higher education is not like that now. I have been impressed by the growth of the College and respect its mission. My family (pictured above) is honored to have a room in the new Science Center bearing my parents' names to be viewed by students in the future," said Folan, a partner with Folan and Mc Glone P.C. in New Bedford.

A history major, Folan recently received the St. Thomas More Award from the Diocese of Fall River for his distinguished service as an attorney.

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