The naming honor is particularly fitting for the Marcuses, given their untiring dedication to both Saint Martins and the field of engineering, university president Roy Heynderickx said in a news release. For more than two decades, Hal and Inge have demonstrated unwavering generosity, service and commitment to this institution. The name Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering will provide enduring recognition of their many contributions to Saint Martins University and Abbey.
Hal Marcus, who has worked as an industrial engineer and in real estate, served on Saint Martins Board of Trustees from 1987-2006. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Saint Martins in 2000, and received the prestigious University Medal in 2007.
Inge Marcus, a 1982 Saint Martins graduate, taught biology at the university for 17 years, and served on its Presidents Council.
The couples son, Matthew, and daughter-in-law, Theresa, also are Saint Martins graduates.
The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering will be housed in Saint Martins new, certified-green engineering building -- known as Fr. Richard Cebula, O.S.B. Hall -- slated for completion this fall.
The couple wanted to keep the amount of their donation private, according to Saint Martins spokeswoman Sarah Holdener. In 2008, the Marcuses donated a significant gift toward the schools $5.5 million A Winning Spirit campaign, and Saint Martins honored them by renaming its landmark multi-purpose facility the Hal and Inge Marcus Pavilion.