Reward from late Utica gentleman to benefit generations of SUNY Poly learners

No make a difference what the temperature, Francis Wilcox utilised to trip a bicycle from his East Utica household to the Utica Community Library, where by he volunteered in the genealogy place right after his retirement. 

His no-nonsense mode of transportation was normal of the previous Common Electric powered electrical engineer, said Darby O’Brien, library director from 1990 to 2017.   

“I would say the engineering gene was powerful during everything in his lifetime,” she reported. “He was quite functional. And he was incredibly thrifty. He was watchful with the way he lived so he could carry on to live that way.”  

And that streak of practical thriftiness has allowed Wilcox, who died in 2011, to go away a legacy to enable out long run generations of engineers. 

The SUNY Poly Basis has gained its most significant specific donor gift ever posthumously — a $1.9 million posthumous donation from Wilcox for SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s campus in Marcy. 

The donation is divided into two parts — $1 million for have to have- and merit-dependent undergraduate scholarships and $900,000 towards renovations of four electrical and laptop or computer engineering/engineering engineering laboratories and the buy of new products. 

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