Saint Mary’s University celebrated the dedication of The John C. Parmer School of the Sciences on May 11 in the lobby of the Science and Learning Center.

In grateful recognition, Saint Mary’s named its school of sciences in honor of the late John C. Parmer ’50. The university is proud of his keen mind, entrepreneurial spirit, and strength of character as well as his devotion to serving laboratories world-wide through his business, Cole-Parmer Instrument Company. The naming was made possible by a generous gift from the The John C. and Carolyn Noonan Parmer Private Foundation.

The Parmer Foundation’s partnership in the Saint Mary’s Science Initiative lifts up the university’s commitment to laboratory disciplines and is aimed at providing students with the skills and tools they require for success.

Additionally, as part of the dedication ceremony, Saint Mary’s bestowed the Heritage Award for Transformational Philanthropy to The John C. and Carolyn Noonan Parmer Private Foundation. The Saint Mary’s University Heritage Award recognizes special individuals whose exceptional philanthropy has significantly transformed the university and positioned Saint Mary’s for a second century of excellence in education.

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Photo caption: Saint Mary’s University President Brother William Mann, right, presents the Heritage Award for Transformational Philanthropy to The John C. and Carolyn Noonan Parmer Private Foundation during the dedication of The John C. Parmer School of the Sciences.