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July 3, 2014

Gift to help Fenn Hall upgrades

By Dan Levindofske

The Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University received a $733,000 donation from the estate of Frederick H. Ray.

The donation will fund the planned renovation of Fenn Hall, including capital improvements and the purchase of equipment.

Stillwell Hall was renamed Fenn Hall in 2013 when the Fenn College of Engineering became the Washkewicz College of Engineering after the donation of $5 million from the Washkewicz family and $5 million from The Parker Hannifin Foundation.

Fenn College first offered classes in 1923 becoming a part of the newly created Cleveland State University in 1965.

This donation was given in memory of Frederick’s wife Dorothy Mainey.

“We are grateful to Mr. Ray for his very generous gift that illustrates the enduring legacy of the college,” Anette Karlsson said in a news release.

“It will add significant momentum to the creation of a state-of-the-art engineering learning environment.”

Karlsson is the Dean of the Washkewicz College of Engineering.

Frederick H. Ray, a 1949 graduate from Fenn College, was active in three different fraternities at Cleveland State, including Iota Eta, Alpha Chi and Phi Epsilon Nu.

Ray was also president of the Fenn Society of Structural Engineers and wrote for The Cauldron.