May 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 28, 2013 – Developer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and longtime supporter of Drury University, John Q. Hammons passed away on Sunday, May 26 at the age of 94.
Hammons was the benefactor of the John Q. Hammons School of Architecture (HSA), constructed in 1990 on the Drury campus. A hallmark program for Drury, outgoing president Todd Parnell said, “Hammons’ contribution allowed us to develop a strong niche and differentiate ourselves from other liberal arts universities.”
Dr. Maurizio Sabini, director of the Hammons School of Architecture said the HSA community remains committed to growing his legacy. “We will always be grateful to Mr. Hammons for his generosity and vision.”
Hammons was elected as a trustee in 1977 and became a life trustee in 2005. In 1987, Drury recognized Hammons’ outstanding achievements in architecture and development by awarding him with an honorary doctorate. On November 13, 2003, HSA honored Hammons by holding a reception and exhibition commemorating his career and service to the university.
HSA will hang a commemorative plaque in the building to memorialize Hammons’ significant contributions.
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