McQuades Hope to Help Others Achieve Dreams
By Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
October 25, 2012
Gratitude can take many forms, from a letter of thanks to the offer to lend a hand. While The University of Toledo appreciates all gestures of gratitude, financial gifts from alumni and friends have an especially far-reaching impact on the University’s continued success.
Judge Richard McQuade, Jr. (A/S ’62, Law ’65) and his wife, Jane (A/S ’03), have been long-time supporters of UT, giving of their time and talents, as well as their financial resources.
“Both my wife and I are graduates of The University of Toledo, and the University has been very, very important in our lives,” said Judge McQuade. “Without the training, education, and experience we received there, I don’t think we would have been as fulfilled in our lives as we are now.”
The personal attention and mentoring provided by UT’s outstanding faculty “were integral to the formulation of my beliefs,” said Judge McQuade, who served for nine years as a member of UT’s Board of Trustees.
Mrs. McQuade, the former secretary for UT’s Women and Philanthropy board, said she recalls many wonderful professors. “All of them had different things to offer, and I learned something from each and every one of them.”
Besides the degrees she and her husband received, many other family members—including two of their children, all her siblings, and some of their spouses—also attended UT. “UT helped make us and much of our family successful,” she noted. “We all owe this University a great deal.”
The McQuades’ past support included funding for UT’s Mock Trial Courtroom. Their most recent pledge designated significant gifts for the University’s basketball and football programs, the new McQuade Law Auditorium, and recruitment of outstanding law students.
Supporting the College of Law was a natural choice for Judge McQuade, a former U.S. District Court judge who now works in dispute resolution. In addition, the couple felt strongly about assisting UT’s athletic programs. “We think first-class athletics are extremely important in a University’s recruitment and retention of top-notch students,” he said, drawing on research from his tenure as past chair of UT’s athletic advisory committee.
Mrs. McQuade said their recent gift is a small way of saying thank-you and of giving back. “We know how difficult it can be to afford school and to work hard at attaining an education, so we want to help others achieve that.”
Her husband echoed that sentiment. “Our hope is to assist young people who have the same dreams we had many years ago,” he said, “and to help make their lives as rewarding as ours.”