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Thomas Aquinas College Receives $2 Million Grant from Dan Murphy Foundationin Honor of Late President

SANTA PAULA, CA-December 23, 2009-President-elect Dr. Michael F. McLean has announced that the Dan Murphy Foundation of Los Angeles had approved at its December 1st meeting a grant of $2 million to Thomas Aquinas College in honor of the school's late president, Dr. Thomas E. Dillon, who was killed in an automobile accident last spring. Said Richard A. Grant, President of the Dan Murphy Foundation, "The Trustees of the Dan Murphy Foundation are pleased to make this contribution in memory of Dr. Dillon, in recognition of his great achievements on behalf of Thomas Aquinas College."

Dr. McLean explained further, "This magnificent grant is being made as a lead gift to the college's new capital campaign, the goal of which is to complete all of the funding for Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. That was a project dear to Tom's heart, and we are so grateful the Dan Murphy Foundation has chosen to honor him in this way."

According to Vice President for Development John Quincy Masteller, the $7 million capital campaign will be 18 months in duration, concluding on June 30, 2011. "During that time, officials of the college plan to approach old friends and new," he explained, "seeking major gifts for the chapel project." When finished, the entire chapel project, including related infrastructure and road, will have been completed.

Said Richard Grant, "It is hoped the Foundation's grant will be an impetus to complete the College's capital campaign as a tribute to Dr. Dillon's tireless efforts in building the Thomas Aquinas campus. This beautiful chapel exemplifies Tom Dillon's devotion to the Roman Catholic Church and Thomas Aquinas College."

Noting that Dr. Dillon's successor has now been chosen, Mr. Grant added, "The Foundation's trustees make the contribution in the confidence that Thomas Aquinas College, under the leadership of Dr. Michael McLean, will attain new levels of academic excellence as an institution devoted to Catholic liberal education."

For more information and to view photographs of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, visit the college's website at: