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By Rosemary Pollock

Weber State Honors David O. McKay

OGDEN, UTAH -- David O. McKay, formerly dubbed the patron saint of Weber State College by LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley, received his name on the school's education building last week. During the hour long ceremony in the Austad Auditorium, several speakers elaborated on McKay's love of education. The building was made possible by a $2 million commitment from the Ashton Family Foundation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation and the Stewart Education Foundation.

Rodney H. Brady, former Weber State President and current President of LDS Church-owned Deseret Management Corporation, spoke to a crowd of over 600 and said, "It is indeed an honor to have his name associated with any building." While teaching at Weber State, then Weber Academy, McKay taught literature, history, and music. McKay left Weber Academy in 1908 but continued his association with the school while serving as a member of The Board of Trustees for 14 years.

Alan Ashton, grandson to David O. McKay and founder of WordPerfect, said that is was appropriate that the education building be named after his grandfather who was known for correcting his grandchildren's grammar. "He was very loving and had a great concern for others," Ashton said. "I hope (students) can try to emulate those Christ-like characteristics he did in his life."


"Patron saint" honored at WSU
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner 14Nov01 D6
By Mark Gray: Standard-Examiner staff
Education building now bears David O. McKay's name


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