WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The College of the Holy Cross is honoring one of its most notable alumni.
The College announced Monday it plans to rename its Integrated Science Complex after the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci graduated from Holy Cross in 1962 as a classics major with a pre-med concentration.
“We are thrilled to celebrate Dr. Fauci in such a public and enduring way,” college president Vincent Rougeau said in a statement. “It’s fitting that Dr. Fauci’s name will adorn a complex designed to foster integrated learning across multiple academic disciplines – the kind of broad, collaborative, and holistic thinking one needs to manage health crises such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and Zika, or the current COVID-19 pandemic."
Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and serves as the Chief Medical Advisor to eight different U.S. Presidents. He's been working in his role for almost 40 years and became a prominent public figure during the COVID pandemic.
“Dr. Fauci vividly personifies the distinctive characteristics of a Holy Cross education, and we know his life and work are already inspiring the next generation of empathetic servant leaders,” Rougeau said.
The dedication will take place on June 11.
WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.