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The Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music at WSU

14 September 2012
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Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities & Department of Performing Arts present Worthy of your Dreams!  A gala celebration dedicating the Sid & Mary Foulger School of Music in the Department of Performing Arts.

Sid and Mary Foulger Sid W. Foulger grew up in Ogden, was in the first graduating class (1939) at the new Ogden High School, and attended Weber College, where he played football. Mary Flint Foulger spent her childhood in nearby Kaysville. Both Sid and Mary attended The University of Utah where Sid earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. The couple married in Washington, D.C. while Sid was stationed in Maryland as a U.S. Navy lieutenant during World War II.

Around this time, Sid acquired an interest in real estate development and was hired by Marriott Corp. to start the hospitality company's architecture and construction division. Anticipating an era of unprecedented growth in the Washington, D.C. area, Sid established Foulger & Co. in 1963. It became known as Fougler-Pratt in the 1970s. The privately held organization has achieved many successes through the years, ranging from the construction of Crossroads Mall in Salt Lake City, to the building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' landmark Washington D.C. Temple and Visitors' Center in Kensington, Maryland.

Throughout their lives, the Foulgers graciously devoted time, energy and resources to philanthropic endeavors. After Mary's passing in 2010, Sid continued his generous support of charitable programs, particularly those associated with music and young people. He is a firm believer in the transformative power of music, and is committed to advancing opportunities for music education and achievement.

A pianist himself, Foulger has a close affinity with the performing arts, especially music. The Foulger International Music Festival in New Jersey is named in recognition of the couple's lifetime of passionate support for music and education in the U.S. and abroad. Other philanthropic achievements of The Sid and Mary Foulger Foundation include the construction of a school for special needs children in Russia, and an orphanage in China.

In April, President Ann Millner was pleased to announce that Mr. Foulger had made a pledge of $5 million to endow the music program at Weber State University. Foulger's interest in establishing a school of music at WSU stems from conversations he had with President Millner; WSU music students Fan-Ya Lin, Zoe Lu and Sharon Datruin; and the university's director of keyboard studies, Yu-Jane Yang. Madonne Miner, dean of the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities, considers Foulger's gift tremendously important. "Having a school of music symbolically and literally affirms the importance of music education at Weber State," she said. "It proclaims a level of achievement and support." According to Miner, the new school will enhance the university's ability to recruit a broader range of career-oriented student musicians, support more scholarships, attract faculty and visiting performers of the highest caliber, and purchase state-of-the-art instruments, equipment and technology.

President Ann Millner is thrilled that Foulger wants to support Weber State, despite his having lived outside Utah for many years. "I believe Sid really wants to give back to the place where he got his start," she said, "and in helping Weber State University, Sid is also helping the Weber and Davis county communities where he and his late wife, Mary, grew up."

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