Grahams Recognized as ‘Friends of the University’ on Founders’ Day

Graham's RecognizedO’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham and his wife, Lucia K.S. Graham, a University trustee, accepted the Friends of the University Award, which honors non-alumni for exemplary service. It was presented during the 184th anniversary observance of Founders’ Day on Feb. 21 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts.

“Gary and Lucia Graham have been
friends of McKendree University for more than 15 years,” noted Dr. James Dennis, president. “Their impact has been felt as citizen leaders in the Metro-East, as volunteers and as philanthropists.”

The Grahams are long-time members
of the William McKendree Society and as strong supporters of the arts, were instrumental in the building of the Hett.

Gary has led the City of O’Fallon, Ill.,
as mayor since 1997. He is the president of LUCO, Inc., a river barge company. Lucia has been a lifelong dedicated educator of students from the elementary grades through college. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 1996 and is currently vice chair of the Committee on Trustees.