Cincinnati—The University of Cincinnati (UC) Board of Trustees
approved today a recommendation to change the name of the Old Shriners
Burns Institute Building to the Hastings L. And William A. French
Building. This name change will honor the French family for their
generous support of the university. Formal dedication ceremonies will
be held later this year.
The building is currently being
renovated. When it opens later this year, it will house the College of
Allied Health Sciences. Created last year through the consolidation of
health care training programs, the College of Allied Health Sciences
became the university's 16th college. The college educates health care
professionals in medical technology, physical therapy, nutrition,
communication sciences, and genetic counseling.
Adrian French has
a strong connection to the Shriners as a devoted member. He considers
the name change to be a fitting tribute to his great uncle and father.
UC's College of Medicine has benefited greatly from the generosity of
the French family. Hastings L. French started his career working as a
Procter & Gamble soap salesman and eventually became the company's
first secretary. When Hastings L. French passed away in 1914, his
nephew, William A. French, established a trust called the Hastings L.
French Research Fund for cancer that would ultimately come to the
College of Medicine. Since 1973, the fund has grown from $8 million to
approximately $70 million. Adrian French is the last beneficiary of the
trust. The university is announcing the gift now so he will have the
joy of being able to see what will happen with the money.