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Nazareth Mourns the Loss of Trustee Hiry West

Published March 02, 2020

Nazareth College is mourning the loss of Trustee Hiry West who unexpectedly passed away last week. He served as a member of the College's board of trustees since 2017. He was a member of the community and belonging committee and enrollment and student experience committee, and most recently sat on the presidential search committee.

West and his wife, Mary Beth Stone West '84, cared greatly for Nazareth and its students and showed their support in April 2018 when they established the Stone-West Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship supports high-achieving high school seniors who qualify for our Young Scholars Program.

In gratitude for this very generous gift, Nazareth College renamed the College's admission house, the Stone-West Admissions House, in honor of the Wests' parents.

West was a graduate of the University of Rochester and was a small business consultant and angel investor. His most recent investment was an advocacy group that helps patients and their caregivers navigate Medicare.

In addition to the their support of Nazareth, West was an active board member for the Horizons Lancaster Country Day School in Lancaster, PA where his children attend. He previously served on the board for Gladney Center Adoption, a not-for-profit, licensed adoption agency where they established the West Family ABC Program Scholarship Fund.

Hiry is survived by his wife Mary Beth and their four children.

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.

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