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Holy Cross will rename the science complex for Fauci

The College of the Holy Cross is renaming the science buildings on its campus in Worcester, Mass., in honor of one of its most famous graduates, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.

The college announced Monday that its science complex will be officially known as the Anthony S. Fauci Integrated Science Complex beginning June 11, a date that coincides with the reunion weekend of Dr. Fauci’s 60th course.

Holy Cross confirmed Monday that Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden’s top medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, will be on campus for the meeting. The National Institutes of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Dr. Fauci in such a public and enduring way,” Holy Cross President Vincent D. Rougeau said in a statement. “It is fitting that Dr. Fauci’s name adorns a complex designed to foster integrated learning across multiple academic disciplines – the kind of broad, collaborative and holistic thinking needed to manage health crises such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika, or the current covid19 pandemic.”

Dr. Fauci graduated from Holy Cross in 1962 as a classical major with a premedical concentration. He spoke to Holy Cross Magazine in 2021 how the school’s Jesuit upbringing had influenced his career as an advisor to presidents.

“One of the things I learned the first time I briefed a president, President Ronald Reagan, is that you have to make a decision when you speak truth to power that you shouldn’t care. to want to be loved,” he said. noted. “Because once you start putting that into your equation, you might unconsciously slip into the situation where you’re telling someone what you think they want to hear. And that’s not the truth. So fundamental adherence to truthful principles – which you learn with a Jesuit education – really strengthens you.

Dr. Fauci delivered a virtual address during Holy Cross 2020 Opening Ceremonywhere he again talks about his Jesuit education.

“The Jesuit spirit of intellectual rigor permeated the whole experience,” he said. “Precision of thought and economy of expression are principles that have remained my touchstones to this day.”