St. John's University Announces New Athletic Building to be named for New York Governor Hugh L. Carey
October 31, 2002
- St. John's University used the occasion of
President's Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria to announce plans for
a new athletic building, to be situated between Belson Stadium and
the University baseball field on the Queens campus. The new
facility will be named the Gov. Hugh L. Carey Center, after the
distinguished former Governor of the State of New York and St.
John's alumnus. The building is currently in the design
"We are proud to honor our longtime friend Hugh Carey in this
lasting way," said Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of
St. John's University. "Governor Carey's leadership over the years
has served as a fine example to our students of what they can
accomplish in life. For years to come, our students especially our
student-athletes will know the name of Hugh Carey and how important
he is to our University Community."
"I have always been proud to call myself an alumnus of St. John's
University," said Governor Carey. "My education at St. John's gave
me the foundation to live a life of service to others. I am
grateful for this tribute and look forward to seeing this
magnificent structure completed."
The Hon. Hugh L. Carey ('42C '51L '67HON) was elected the 51st
governor of New York in 1974. As Governor he was the architect of
the financial plan that averted the bankruptcy of New York City and
began a sweeping program of fiscal reform and economic development
to restore the state's vitality. He also dealt with controversial
problems such as Love Canal and the pollution of the Hudson River,
instituted the "I Love New York" campaign and founded the Empire
State Games. Prior to his tenure as the chief executive of the
state, Governor Carey spent 14 years in Congress, and was a major
sponsor of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act of 1965;
served as chairman of the Committee on Education of the
Handicapped, where he helped to pass legislation on behalf of
handicapped students; created the first-of-its-kind National
Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY; and helped to
found the first national institute for the blind & deaf in
Kings Point, NY with St. John's classmate Robert Smithdas, who
himself is deaf & blind and is the director of the institute.
Born in Brooklyn, Gov. Carey received the Combat Infantry Bronze
Star and the Croix de Guerre for his infantry service in the
European theater in World War II. Gov. Carey is active in numerous
charitable organizations and is grandfather to 15 children.
The Carey Facility is the second phase of construction in the
overall Belson Stadium project, incorporating a two-story, 27,000
square foot structure that will provide support for the baseball
and soccer fields. The facility will house two basketball courts
that will be ringed by an elevated indoor running track. Offices
and team rooms will also be inside the building. The second level
will include press boxes and VIP suites that overlook Belson
Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian community, St. John's University
has six schools and colleges. It offers associate, baccalaureate,
master's, doctoral and professional degrees. The University enjoys
an enrollment of more than 19,000 students and operates five
campuses: in Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Oakdale in New
York and in Rome, Italy.
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