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Couple's latest gift to Albion library brings total to $450,000

ALBION - The valedictorian of Albion High School's Class of 1961 this month donated $100,000 to the public library in his hometown, which is now named after him.

Library Director Betty Sue Miller said Maurice Hoag and his wife Courtenay Hoag have made four large donations to the library in the past five years, totaling $450,000.

Albion built a new $3.1 million library in 2012 to replace the old Swan Library. Miller said the newest donation, which arrived April 14 in a plain white envelope with a handwritten note, will be applied to the remaining debt from that project.

The Hoags' first gift was $25,000 in 2012, followed quickly for another $225,000 for the naming rights to the new library. They sent a $100,000 check in 2015.

Maurice Hoag, who now lives in Maryland, had a successful career working for various chemical companies after he earned a chemical engineering degree and met his wife at Cornell University. They are now retired, Miller said.

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