Peter George’s 15 years as McMaster president featured a campus building boom, and he was fond of joking about the perception that he had an “edifice complex”. The three term president of McMaster died last month at age 75.

George cultivated a vision for McMaster with community leaders, including Michael G. DeGroote and David Braley, whose transformative $105-million and $50-million gifts to McMaster – together with other major gifts from both men and from Ron Joyce, Lynton (Red) Wilson, Suzanne Labarge, Michael Lee-Chin and others  – drove the Changing Tomorrow Today campaign, which raised nearly $129 million, and the Campaign for McMaster University, which raised $471 million.

Those gifts, when combined with government and university contributions, helped to build the David Braley Athletic Centre, Ron Joyce Stadium, The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, the Engineering Technology Building, the Ron Joyce Centre, the McMaster Health Campus and the recently completed LR Wilson Hall.

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