Thank You, Hoags!

Hoags contribute new donation to Albion library

In hockey it would be a hat trick, in baseball a triple. There is no nickname for a third donation to the Hoag library, but there should be.

In July 2015, Hoag Library in Albion, N.Y., received an unsolicited donation in the amount of $100,000 from Maurice and Courtenay Hoag. This is not the first time the Hoags have surprised the library with a generous donation. In the winter of 2011 the couple was approached by Roger Lamont and Dick Remley, co-chairmen of fundraising for the new library building and they donated $25,000. In December of the same year they stunned the fundraising committee when they called about making a second donation of $225,000 for the naming rights of the new library, which was formerly called Swan Library. The third donation arrived July 16, 2015, with a handwritten note hoping that the board would find a use for the $100,000.

Maurice Hoag has strong personal ties to the Albion area where he graduated from Albion High School in 1961 as valedictorian, as well as class president. He continued his education at Cornell where he earned a degree in chemical engineering and met his wife, Courtenay. The couple currently lives in Maryland, but Maurice has maintained a relationship with Albion and Cornell classmates from the Albion area.

The Hoags return to Albion yearly in August for an annual class picnic. After donating their well-appreciated gift, the couple visited with Roger Lamont, Interim Director Betty Sue Miller, and several library board members.