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Hoags give another $100K to Albion library

Posted 11 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Provided photos – Maurice and Courtenay Hoag are pictured with Roger Lamont (right), who helped lead the fund-raising for the new Hoag Library in Albion.

Press Release, Hoag Library

ALBION – In hockey it would be a hat trick, in baseball a triple. There is no nickname for a third donation to the Hoag library, but there should be.

Hoag Library in Albion last month received an unsolicited donation in the amount of $100,000 from Maurice and Courtenay Hoag. This is not the first time the Hoags have surprised the library with a generous donation.

In the winter of 2011 the couple was approached by Roger Lamont and Dick Remley, co-chairmen of fundraising for the new library building and the Hoags donated $25,000. In December of the same year they stunned the fundraising committee when they called about making a second donation of $225,000 for the naming rights of the new library, which was formerly called Swan Library.

The third donation arrived July 16, 2015, with a handwritten note hoping that the board would find a use for the $100,000.

Hoag Library officials are pictured with the Hoags are the couple made another $100,000 gift to the library that bears the Hoag name. The front row includes, from left: Roger Lamont, Courtenay Hoag and Ingrid Lamont. The back row includes Board of Trustee members Carol Miller, Kevin Doherty and John Andrews, Maurice Hoag, Library Director Betty Sue Miller, and Trustee Kim Pritt.

Maurice Hoag has strong personal ties to the Albion area where he graduated from Albion High School in 1961 as valedictorian, as well as class president. He continued his education at Cornell where he earned a degree in chemical engineering and met his wife, Courtenay.

The couple currently lives in Maryland, but Maurice has maintained a relationship with Albion and Cornell classmates from the Albion area.

The Hoags return to Albion yearly in August for an annual class picnic. After donating their well-appreciated gift, the couple visited with Roger Lamont, Interim Director Betty Sue Miller, and several library board members.