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Publish Date: 03/31/99
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University of Cincinnati Names Building in Honor of the French Family

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.

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