Donors honored at naming ceremonies

Three faithful financial supporters of SDSU were honored at separate ceremonies April 26-27, when the SDSU Council of Trustees was meeting.

Jerry Lohr, far left, with Daktronics leaders Jim Morgan, Duane Sander and Al Kurtenbach.

The two 90-seat lecture halls in the lower level of the Avera Health and Science Center were dubbed Laughrey Lecture Halls in honor of the $1 million contribution made by Brookings native Bruce Laughrey, a 1963 College of Pharmacy graduate who now lives in Windermere, Fla.

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science building was named Daktronics Engineering Hall in recognition of more than $5 million in gifts from Daktronics Inc. and its top officers — former dean Duane Sander, former faculty member Al Kurtenbach and alumnus Jim Morgan.

Phase I was dedicated in spring 2009, and the twin west wing was dedicated April 27. Daktronics Engineering Hall houses the physics, electrical engineering and computer science programs.

The home of the SDSU Foundation was renamed the Jerome J. Lohr Building in honor of Jerry Lohr, a 1958 civil engineering alumnus and longtime volunteer for Foundation efforts.

He is the owner of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines in California and a co-chairman of the “It Starts with STATE” comprehensive fundraising campaign. He also chaired the university’s previous successful comprehensive campaign, “Visions for the Future.”

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