OGLESBY — Walter Durley and Hazel Marie Boyle’s contributions to Illinois Valley Community College will be celebrated during a ceremony at noon Monday, Oct. 15, in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.
The Boyles’ bequest of more than $620,000 to the IVCC Foundation helped fund the purchase of 587 theatre seats, environmentally-friendly stained western hemlock wall treatments and energy-efficient LED house lighting — as well as greatly improving the accessibility of the Cultural Centre.
IVCC President Jerry Corcoran will emcee the event, which will feature a brief history of the Boyle connection with IVCC by Fran Brolley and remarks from theatre director Dr. David Kuester and Student Government Association President Xavier Braboy. A plaque honoring the Boyles will be unveiled.
Walter, who died at age 94 in 2008, served 22 years on the IVCC Foundation board and nine years as a college trustee. A 10-term Putnam County State’s Attorney, he practiced law for more than 70 years. He was a charter inductee into the IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame in 2008.
Hazel Marie, who died in 1994 at age 83, taught kindergarten at Hennepin Elementary School from 1955 until retirement in 1976.
The public is welcome to attend. For information, contact Brolley at 815-224-0466.