CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A trust fund named for a longtime West Virginia University and Morgantown benefactor has given a $7.5 million donation to the university's law school, marking what law school officials say is one of its largest gifts in history.The WVU Foundation announced Tuesday that they received a $7.5 million donation from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust.The gift will help fund a $25 million building and renovation project that broke ground last fall, and will include 20,000 square feet of classrooms, law clinics and the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development. The funds will also go toward renovations of existing buildings."It will have a direct impact on the lives of our students, on our alumni and on the state's attorneys who continue their education at the law center," said Joyce McConnell, dean of the College of Law. "It will also have an impact on those in our state who depend on legal services provided by our clinics."Hazel Ruby McQuain, former president of Ruby Enterprises Inc., died in 2002. She was 93.
In 1984, McQuain gave $8 million that helped start the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.In 2005, recognizing her as one of the school's most generous benefactors, the WVU Foundation named a philanthropic award after her following several donations from her trust that went to WVU Hospitals, the WVU School of Medicine, the WVU Alumni Association and the athletics program.Her contributions to the university alone total about $45 million, according to the WVU Foundation."It is difficult to put in words what the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust means to WVU and the local community," WVU Foundation President Wayne King said. "Its long history of generosity toward so many different causes will be felt well beyond our years."Reach Zac Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-5189.