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T.R. Meighen Family Foundation supports environmental research and arts project

by Karmen Dowling | September 24, 2008

T.R. Meighen Family Foundation supports environmental research and arts project
Kelly and Michael Meighen

A gift of $1 million from the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation will be supporting the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion – Western’s first-ever “green building” to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System.

The Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion, currently under construction and scheduled for completion in the summer of 2009, will be home to a range of teaching and research facilities in the Faculty of Engineering supporting environmental management and a sustainable future.

In recognition of the Meighen gift, an atrium in the pavilion will be named in honour of Colonel Richard Dillon, who became the first Dean of Engineering at Western in 1960 and was also the first Deputy Minister of Energy in Ontario’s history.

Colonel Dillon, father of Foundation President Kelly Meighen, passed away this spring at the age of 87. He was also a graduate of Western, receiving his honors degree in Mathematics (as a gold medalist) in 1948.

Kelly Meighen is a Western alumna and serves as a member of Western’s Board of Governors. Kelly and her husband, Michael, were recently recognized along with Robarts’ donors Robert and Linda Krembil, as the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Philanthropists for 2008.

This article appeared in the Fall 2008 edition of Impact Western
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