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Edward Manning and Shirley Augar Gaynor Science Center

Science CenterThe Edward Manning and Shirley Augar Gaynor Science Center at Herkimer College opened in the fall of 2012. Thanks to the generosity of many donors to the Herkimer County College Foundation’s Elements Campaign, the renovation of the 40 year old science wing was made possible. The result is a bright, spacious, state-of-the-art facility housing five science laboratories (biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology and microbiology), a preparation room and greenhouse, as well as a new roof and heating and cooling system.

The Edward Manning and Shirley Augar Gaynor Science Center is dedicated in honor of the late Edward Manning Gaynor Jr. and Shirley Augar Gaynor. Mrs. Gaynor was an insurance broker and owned and operated an agency in Leonardsville, NY for many years. A graduate of Culver Military Academy, Mr. Gaynor served in the United States Navy and had a 33 year career with the New York State Department of Transportation. The couple moved to the Cooperstown area in 1972, at which time Mr. Gaynor became the Commissioner of Public Works for the Village of Cooperstown. He subsequently served 13 years as Owners Representative for the Clark Foundation where he oversaw many building projects including the Clark Sports Center, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library and renovations to the Hall of Fame Museum and the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art wing and the terrace and gardens at the Fenimore House Museum. Through their generous gift in trust, the Gaynors have made the completion of this state-of-the-art educational facility possible.

“To produce graduates who can compete in the world today, we must educate them in state-of-the-art facilities that reflect curriculum trends and innovations in post-secondary laboratory science courses. Herkimer’s new science labs will create a teaching and learning environment that fosters excellence, encourages innovation and creativity, and provides students with the tools necessary to be competitive in the 21st Century.”

- Michael Oriolo, Dean of Academic Affairs