Ceremony For GMU's Til Hazel Hall Set For Sunday

The university has released this media advisory regarding the naming of a new building at its Arlington campus for long-time Fairfax leader John T. Hazel, Jr.:

HAZEL HALL BUILDING NAMING CEREMONY


WHAT:  Building Naming Ceremony at George Mason University (Arlington
Campus)

WHEN: Sunday, November 6, 2005
               3:00  5:00 PM

WHERE:  George Mason University Arlington Campus
                   Hazel Hall Atrium       
                   3301 Fairfax Drive
                   Arlington, VA
Directions:  http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

BACKGROUND:
George Mason University's Board of Visitors voted unanimously to name the
building which houses its School of Law after John T. Hazel, Jr., commonly
known as "Til," a longtime university supporter and visionary advocate for
Northern Virginia.

Hazel, a prominent attorney and real estate developer, led the effort to help
Mason acquire a law school in 1979. The building, located on Mason's
Arlington campus, will be known as John T. Hazel, Jr. Hall.

Born in Arlington, Hazel attended Washington-Lee High School.  A cum laude
graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law, Hazel was instrumental in
ensuring the law school at George Mason was accredited.  He personally
presented the case to the American Bar Association to complete his efforts
to establish the law school. He also served as an associate judge in Fairfax
County Court from 1961 to 1965.  After leaving the judgeship, he entered
private practice where his specialty was zoning law and was owner and
chairman of the board of the Hazel & Thomas law firm.

Hazel served as a member of Mason's advisory board in 1963 and was active
in the formation of The George Mason University Foundation in 1966. He was
appointed a member of its first Board of Visitors, serving from 1972 to 1983.
He served as the BOV's rector from 1976 to 1978 and from 1982 to 1983.

He also served on the Board of Trustees of the George Mason University
Foundation for 32 years, including six as chair. He currently serves as a
trustee emeritus.

By  |  November 5, 2005; 5:05 AM ET  | Category:  Colleges and Universities
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