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Tracy, Lou Ann O'Rourke Plan Gift to Wilmore Hall

Recognizing the need for up-to-date laboratories for undergraduates in the College of Engineering, Tracy and Lou Ann O'Rourke have made a major commitment to assist in the renovation of Wilmore Laboratories.
"To meet current and future accreditation criteria, it is required that the college be able to offer quality laboratory facilities for our undergraduate and graduate students," responded Dean William F. Walker. "Therefore, the renovation of Wilmore Laboratories is the highest priority of the College of Engineering in the capital campaign.
"We are extremely grateful that Tracy and Lou Ann have acknowledged the importance of the renovation of Wilmore, and hope that others will consider funding the project."
With the O'Rourkes' commitment, private support of the renovation project surpasses $1 million.
"The activities conducted in Wilmore Labs are integral to most everything of significance that takes place in the College of Engineering," O'Rourke noted in making the gift. "It's no easy task to keep all of the university's facilities up to date, but the renovation of Wilmore is long overdue."
O'Rourke graduated from Auburn University in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After serving in several companies for a total of 25 years, he became president and chief operating officer of Allen-Bradley.
In 1985, Allen-Bradley joined forces with Rockwell International Corporation, and O'Rourke assumed the position of one of three executive vice presidents and chief operating officers of the corporation. In 1990, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of Varian Associates, an international technology electronics company based in Palo Alto, Calif.
O'Rourke has received numerous awards during his career, including induction into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 1994.

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