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Perry Family Donates $1 Million for Scholarships and Engineering Plaza

Support from Engineering Alumnus Spans Decades

Jacquie Moloney, Janice and Barry Perry, and UMass President Marty Meehan in front of Perry Hall
Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, Janice and Barry Perry, and UMass President Marty Meehan celebrate the reopening of Perry Hall following an 18-month, $50 million renovation.


Barry Perry ’68, ’15 (H) has left his mark on UMass Lowell.
In 2005, 40 years after he came to Lowell Tech on a scholarship, Perry and his wife, Janice, endowed one of UML’s largest scholarships, which has since benefited more than 80 engineering students.
In 2012, in recognition of his significant support for engineering research programs and facilities, UML renamed its original engineering building Perry Hall in his honor. In 2019, following a $50 million renovation, Perry Hall reopened as a state-of-the-art home for biomedical, chemical and environmental engineering, as well as biomanufacturing and clean energy.
Not long after he cut the ribbon to celebrate the building’s reopening, Perry announced his latest gift: a $1 million commitment that will support his engineering scholarship and the new greenspace plaza that connects Perry Hall with its North Campus neighbors, Ball and Cumnock halls.
“It’s a great honor for our family to give this kind of opportunity to students,” says Perry, who started his career at General Electric and capped it off as chairman and CEO of Engelhard Corp.
Perry Hall Plaza, which was formerly a parking lot, has been transformed into an attractive landscaped courtyard with granite seating areas as part of the university’s efforts to create a more welcoming, sustainable campus environment.