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The College of Idaho community mourns the loss of Warren McCain

2008. 08. 04.

CALDWELL The College of Idaho President Bob Hoover and the rest of The C of I community mourn the loss of Warren McCain, a generous benefactor and former member of the college's board of trustees for whom the McCain Student Center is named. McCain died Saturday at the age of 82.

The State of Idaho and The College of Idaho have lost an extraordinary friend and supporter, Hoover said. Warren McCain was one of Idaho's business giants and major philanthropists. It was one of the grand pleasures of my life to have known him.

In addition to helping build the McCain Student Center in 1998, which was an extensive remodel of the World War II-era Kirkpatrick Gymnasium, McCain and his wife Bernice established the Bernie McCain Chair of Philosophy which supports Professor Terry Mazurak who has been at the college for 25 years.

The McCains contributed generously to the college's scholarship drive several years ago and established a four-year scholarship that is awarded to outstanding Payette High School graduates. McCain graduated from Payette High in 1943.

Hoover knew McCain for many years and spoke at the dedication of McCain Middle School in Payette in 2004.

Warren McCain was a direct, no nonsense, blunt, can-do person who helped change Idaho for the better in the second half of the 20th century, Hoover said. He knew how to get things done. He had an enormous passion and commitment for giving back to Idaho and its people.

McCain served on the college's Board of Trustees from 1982 -1994, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1985. His daughter Linda Bequette is an alumna and former member of The C of I Board of Trustees, and her husband John Bequette graduated from The C of I in 1978. Their son Ty Bequette graduated from the college in 2006.