Milgard leaves legacy of ethical leadership
Milgard, the phenomenally successful Tacoma manufacturing
entrepreneur and generous donor to UW Tacoma, died July 13.
Born Gary Eugene Milgard on Nov. 6, 1936, he was 68 at his
Milgard’s career began at a small glass shop in Nalley
Valley. Later he and his brother, Jim, transformed their company,
Milgard Manufacturing, into the largest vinyl window producer
in the western United States.
In 2003, the Milgards made a $15 million gift to the UW Tacoma
Business Administration program, endowing the Milgard School
of Business. That gift, one of the largest ever on any UW
campus, will prepare the next generation of business leaders
for the South Sound. The Milgard gift to UWT also established
scholarships and founded two academic centers at the Milgard
School of Business. The centers will focus on corporate leadership,
social responsibility and information-based management.
was an honor knowing and working with Gary Milgard,”
said Shahrokh Saudagaran, dean of the Milgard School of Business.
“Gary’s philosophy of building success through
a commitment to people will leave permanent legacies at Milgard
Manufacturing and at the Milgard School of Business. As we
launch the initiatives made possible by the Milgard gift,
we will take great pride in honoring Gary’s memory.
There will be many people at UW Tacoma who will miss his inspiring
Milgard graduated from Clover Park High School in 1955 and
attended the University of Washington. He is survived by his
wife, Carol Berry Milgard, daughters Cari Milgard DeGoede
and Lori Milgard, son Mark Milgard, brother Jim and several
grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lakewold
Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., in Lakewood.
south end of the Mattress Factory building.
honor design of Phase 2B
Phase 2B expansion of UW Tacoma recently earned a citation
from the Washington branch of the American Institute of Architects
as part of the group’s 2005 Civic Design Awards.
awards honor public projects that are hallmarks of civic design,
embodying design excellence, creative risk-taking and problem-solving.
Judges said the Phase 2B project, which consists of the Mattress
Factory and Cherry Parkes buildings, demonstrates skillful
adaptive reuse of existing buildings and preserves a portion
of Tacoma’s history by artfully blending old with new.
Last year, the rehabilitated buildings earned a honors for
sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council.
2B was designed by a team of architects from McGranahan Architects,
Miller/Hull Partnership and BOLA Architecture and Planning.
committee work continues
staff, students and faculty can now read meeting minutes and
other documents, submit comments and view the list of committee
members who are planning the next stage of UWT growth on the
"Charting the Future of UWT" Web site.
must have a UWT NetID to view the meeting minutes.
Mexican ship Cuauhtemoc
Ships drew a million visits
than a million visits were recorded at the Tall Ships Festival
and Freedom Fair along the Tacoma Waterfront near UWT over
the Fourth of July weekend, bringing crowds to the UWT campus
and surrounding businesses.
of visitors crossed the UWT campus each day of the five-day
festival. Nearly 150 UWT faculty, staff, alumni and friends
experienced the ships first-hand during four three-hour tours
of Commencment Bay aboard the Adventuress and the
Wark, right, son of UWT Public Relations Director Mike
Wark, helps another guest haul on a line during a tour
aboard the Adventuress.
update: 2004-05 sets new record for gifts to UWT
Tacoma raised nearly $3.8 million in contributions in the
2004-05 fiscal year, completing the best fund-raising year
ever for the campus.
of June 30, UWT raised $3,786,663. The previous best fund-raising
year was 2003, when UWT raised $3,762,793.
addition this year, the Port of Tacoma invested $1 million
to endow the Port of Tacoma chair, which will be used to attract
leading professors to focus on teaching and research on topics
related to Port priorities, initially focusing on environmental
science and the proposed Urban Waters project.
this fiscal year, 650 donors made gifts to UWT. More than
60 of these donors were UWT staff and faculty.
and Staff Notes
Renner has been hired as a maintenance mechanic
Watson has been hired as a library technician in
the UWT Library.
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