Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall

Tune In: Prothro Hall, in time-lapse photography

SMU’s Perkins School of Theology began a significant new chapter when it dedicated Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, and renovations to Kirby and Selecman Halls, on Sept. 11. Prothro, who embraced and then expanded her family’s support for SMU during a lifetime of philanthropy and leadership, died May 23 in Wichita Falls.

“My mother believed with all her heart in the importance of learning and the power of knowledge,” said daughter Kay Yeager, the former mayor of Wichita Falls. “She decided early in life to maintain a family tradition of enabling others to better themselves through higher education, a legacy both her children and grandchildren are continuing to honor.”

The 20,000-square-foot Prothro Hall is the centerpiece of the revamped theology quad. An environmentally friendly building, the facility is eligible for LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building houses facilities for education and community uses – including a 2,200-square-foot great hall for public events, a refectory for dining services, a student computer lab, preaching lab, classrooms, seminar rooms and two lecture halls.

Click the YouTube screen to watch a time-lapse video of Prothro Hall’s construction.

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SMU to dedicate expanded theology quad Sept. 11

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro HallThe SMU community is invited to celebrate the dedication of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall and the expanded, renovated Perkins School of Theology quad at 12:15 p.m. Sept. 11 near Perkins Chapel at 5901 Bishop Boulevard.

The Perkins-Prothro family of Wichita Falls, whose financial support of the seminary spans three generations, gave $6 million to the school in January 2007 – about half of the funds required to renovate Kirby Hall and Selecman Hall, both of which were originally built in the early ’50s, and to construct a commons building to be named in honor of the late Elizabeth Perkins Prothro.

A lunch and open house will follow the dedication. In addition, SMU will honor Mrs. Prothro’s contributions to the University with a celebration of her life.

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