While low-income housing for the elderly is still the main plan, Dr. Leahy said besides demolition, other options could include removing all but the main floor and turning the space into commercial property.
50 years ago
June 10, 1963
W. Clyde Wright of Oneonta has underwritten construction costs of a $1,000,000 Library-Science complex at Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa, as a memorial to his mother and father.
Mr. Wright, 54, a civic and business leader, made the gift to the college about two years ago, but formal announcement was not made until last week.
Mr. Wright is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the college. He was previously head of the Finance and Development Committee. He is also chairman of the board of the First Presbyterian Church of Oneonta.
His gift made possible the $450,000 Madaline Wright Memorial Library and the $550,000 William G. Wright Hall of Science.
“There is a great and definite need in our country for the independent liberal arts type of college, as personified by Parsons,” Wright said.
Parsons, a liberal arts college related to the Presbyterian Church, has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, including 25 or 30 from the Oneonta area.
Mr. Wright became a trustee of Parsons in 1959 after receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree from the college.
He has previously received a distinguished citizenship award from Hartwick College.