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October 14, 2010

Wick chapel dedicated at UPB

Harriet Wick chapelLong-time Pitt-Bradford benefactor Harriett B. Wick stands in front of UPB’s new chapel, which bears her name. The chapel was dedicated Sept. 30.

Work on the $2.5 million building began last fall. In addition to providing a place for religious services of all types, the 150-seat interfaith chapel will be used as a center for service learning and for receptions, induction ceremonies, small choral and musical performances, recitals, readings and speakers.

Wick served on the board of the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, which was founded by her father, George G. Blaisdell. The Blaisdell Foundation was one of the first organizations to begin supporting Pitt-Bradford through scholarships.

Wick and her sister, Sarah Dorn, have a long history of supporting the campus. They established two scholarship funds at Pitt-Bradford to honor their mother, Miriam Barcroft Blaisdell. In 1995, Wick and other members of the Blaisdell family made a $1.5 million challenge gift to Pitt-Bradford to be used toward the construction of Blaisdell Hall.

In 1993, Wick received the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Pitt-Bradford and, in 2005, she was inducted into Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning Society.

Filed under: Feature, Volume 43 Issue 4

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