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Springfield Museums Announce Naming Gift from Noel and Carol Leary

SPRINGFIELD — At its annual Holiday Gala on Dec. 3, the Springfield Museums announced a major naming gift made by Noel and Carol Leary. Carol Leary is president of Bay Path University, while Noel Leary is a retired real-estate association executive and consultant to not-for-profit organizations.

In recognition of their contribution, the Impressionist Art Gallery in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will now be named the Carol and Noel Leary Gallery of Impressionist Art. The gallery houses paintings by such major artists as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, and Paul Gauguin.

The Learys made their gift as part of the Museums’ capital campaign, titled “Seuss in Springfield: Building a Better Quadrangle.” The $7 million campaign will fund major improvements to the Springfield Museums campus and the creation of a new museum honoring Springfield native Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.

“Carol and I wanted to help guarantee that this world-class museum complex will continue to be the crown jewel of Springfield,” Noel said. “Our financial advisor showed us how to combine current giving with a legacy commitment to achieve far more than we had ever considered.”

Added Carol, “we hope that our gift will serve as an inspiration to our colleagues and friends that something similar is indeed possible with a bit of planning.”

Springfield Museums President Kay Simpson noted that “Noel and Carol are long-standing and dedicated advocates for the Museums. We are truly honored by their display of generosity and for their leadership in bolstering our capital campaign.”

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