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The late John H. Mulroy was a visionary leader and “a founding father” of Onondaga Community College. As an Onondaga County supervisor, Mr. Mulroy chaired the committee that made the recommendation to establish the institution, and as County Executive, he vigorously supported the College’s growth and development. His efforts were instrumental to establishing the permanent site of the campus on Onondaga Hill in 1967. In addition to his contributions to Onondaga Community College, Mr. Mulroy played an integral role in opening the 526-bed Van Duyn Home and Hospital to care for the County’s frail and elderly, a function that had previously been provided by the County Poorhouse.
These two monumental accomplishments were celebrated in May as the College officially dedicate H-1 Hall -- the former County Poorhouse which is now a part of Onondaga Community College -- as John H. Mulroy Hall.