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Stunning New Behrakis Center Dedicated
Even a steady rain couldn't dampen enthusiasm at the dedication of the spectacular new Behrakis Health Sciences Center, held on Tuesday, November 12. More than 300 people came together on this special day to celebrate the new home of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and its benefactor, alumnus George D. Behrakis, PAH'57, H'98.
The ceremony featured a ribbon-cutting and remarks by Behrakis; Boston mayor Thomas Menino; Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; trustee Robert Marini, E'54; Stephen Zoloth, dean of Bouvé College; and student Annie Partisano, P'03. The ceremony was followed by a reception and building tours conducted by Bouvé College Students.
Behrakis spoke of his commitment to educations. "The more we can educate, the better we are as a country," he said. Gazing upon the state-of-the-art teaching building, he added, "We never had anything like this before."
Behrakis and his wife, Margo, made a generous commitment — the largest in Northeastern's history — to name the glass-fronted facility that combines the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Professions under one roof.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Dean Zoloth lauded Behrakis for his generosity: "George's leadership and vision are shaping the future of health sciences at Northeastern."
The seven-story Behrakis Health Sciences Center brings together under one roof the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy — which were previously spread across campus — and strengthens the college's unique integrated learning model. It also represents a major step forward in Northeastern's campus enhancement program.
Rising above west campus, the Behrakis Center boasts a distinctive curved glass façade, a landscaped plaza, and sweeping views of the Boston skyline. Instructional features include state-of-the art classrooms and laboratories, and an interdisciplinary public health clinic. The building also houses the new Admissions Visitor Center, which provides a striking first impression of the campus to prospective students and their families.
George Behrakis, whose gift is the largest ever received by Northeastern from an individual, is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and active in his community and the Greek church.
During his distinguished forty-year career in the
pharmaceutical industry, he significantly advanced the treatment for
asthma, allergies, and other respirator ailments. George and his wife,
Margo, who attended the dedication with their four children and extended
family, reside in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
|This article appeared in the January 2003 issue of Northeastern University Magazine.|
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