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UMass Lowell to Name Engineering Building for Alumnus

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UMass Lowell will rename the Engineering Building for Barry Perry, Class of 1968.


Contacts for media: Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,, or Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944,

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Thursday, April 19
1:30 p.m.

WHAT:  UMass Lowell will give a new name to its Engineering Building in tribute to one of its esteemed alumni during a ceremony with university leaders, students, faculty and staff.

The building will be named for Barry Perry ’68, who has made a significant donation that will allow what will be known as Perry Hall to continue its legacy as a place for top-notch research, engineering education and collaboration with industry.  

Since 1952, the building has played an important role in educating students to take their place in the local economy and beyond, first in fields like paper and leather engineering and later, chemical engineering and biomanufacturing, among others. Under the Perry Hall name, the building will be a catalyst for student achievement and faculty research in engineering for decades to come.

Speakers will include Perry; UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan; John Ting, dean of the College of Engineering; Robert Malloy, chairman of the Plastics Engineering Department; and Assistant Vice Chancellor John Davis of University Advancement.

Perry grew up in Dartmouth, Mass., and now lives in Newtown, Pa. He earned his bachelor’s degree in plastics engineering at what was then Lowell Technological Institute. He began his career at General Electric and retired in 2006 as the chairman and chief executive officer of New Jersey-based Engelhard Corp., a chemical and metals company. His latest gift will allow UMass Lowell to make improvements to Perry Hall; construct the Perry Atrium inside the new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center, which is being built on North Campus; and increase the Barry W. Perry Plastics Engineering Endowment Fund.

WHERE:  Outside Perry Hall, North Campus, 31 University Ave., Lowell. For directions and parking information, contact the UMass Lowell Office of Public Affairs.