SMU dedicated Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, a 20,000-square-foot Perkins School of Theology facility that is the centerpiece of a revamped theology quad, on September 11. The dedication also marked completion of renovations to Kirby and Selecman halls.

The new and renovated facilities will support the work of students and faculty with a range of new resources and the latest technology. Features include five new seminar rooms and classrooms; a dedicated commons lounge; additional office space for faculty and staff; additional space for meetings and community dining; full access to all buildings and floors for the disabled; and updated electrical systems to meet current and future technology needs. Prothro Hall is eligible for LEED certification.

Following the dedication, family, friends and members of the SMU community gathered in Perkins Chapel for a memorial service honoring Mrs. Prothro, who died May 23 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

“My mother believed with all her heart in the importance of learning and the power of knowledge,” said her daughter, Kay Prothro Yeager ’61. “She decided early in life to maintain a family tradition of enabling others to better themselves through higher education.”

Including the $6 million lead gift for the new and renovated facilities, the Perkins and Prothro families and their foundations have given more than $36.3 million to SMU since the first gift from Mrs. Prothro’s parents two years before the University opened in 1915.

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