In December 2012, Dr. James W. Smith, a 1964 graduate of the C of I, and his wife Mary Barbara made a $1 million gift to the second phase of the Boone Science Hall renovation project. Phase II of the project will improve teaching laboratories and infrastructure in the building, supporting the College’s long-standing legacy of outstanding teaching, learning and research in the sciences.
Smith, a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Boise Heart Clinic and former C of I trustee, said the gift was inspired by his experiences with C of I professors such as the late Dr. Lyle Stanford ‘33, who taught biology at the College from 1942 to 1976, and Dr. Patricia Packard ‘49, a biology professor who advised him on his senior research project on the genetic aspects of Marfan syndrome.
Dr. and Mrs. Smith were honored during a Feb. 21, 2013 reception on campus. Read Dr. Smith's remarks and view photos of the event below.