Renovated Old Chemistry Building getting new name

OXFORD — On April 1, the University of Mississippi School of Engineering will celebrate 110 years of service to higher education. The Old Chemistry Building is being renamed Brevard Hall in honor of 1943 alumnus Henry Brevard and his family, whose donations helped pay for its renovation.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.

Other anniversary events include a barbecue and blues music concert, which starts at 11:30 a.m. in Lyceum Circle; an open house, which commences at 1:30 p.m. in all engineering departments; and, the annual Excellence in Engineering reception and banquet, which begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Inn at Ole Miss and honors outstanding students, faculty and alumni.

Before there were Carrier or Anderson halls, Brevard spent much of his time studying and learning the discipline of engineering in what was referred to as the Old Chemistry Building. At that time, the engineering school was housed primarily in the north wing of the Lyceum.

After graduating and spending time in service to his country, Brevard and his father-in-law, Riley Boozer, determined that ready-mix concrete strategically would be the future of their business and founded B&B Concrete in 1949. More than 70 years later, the company is one of North Mississippi’s strongest businesses and remains committed to a set of core principles. David Brevard, Henry’s son and a 1978 Ole Miss honors graduate, is chief executive officer of B&B.

Henry and David Brevard have remained exceptionally committed to Ole Miss. Henry Brevard is past president of the University of Mississippi Foundation, past president of the Engineering Alumni Chapter, past chairman of the School of Engineering Advisory Board and past chairman of the engineering school’s Woods Order. He was named Engineer of Distinction in 1987 and was inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame in 1988.

David Brevard served as president of the Alumni Association for 1999-2000.

In 1991, Brevard committed $1 million to endow the Brevard Family Scholarship program, which has allowed more than 500 students to attend Ole Miss. Since then, the Brevard family has made additional significant contributions each year to the engineering school, their scholarship program and other efforts on campus.

Source: University of Mississippi

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