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The name Willcox has a familiar ring to students on Pace's Pleasantville campus. Willcox Hall, named for trustee and alumnus Byron C. Willcox, who, in recognition of the efforts of Dr. Mortola, presented Pace with a gift of $1,200,000 to cover the entire cost of Willcox Hall, has long been a significant building on this bucolic campus. More importantly, it is a lasting reminder of the multi- faceted man who managed to combine a highly successful career in business with a lifetime avocational interest in art.

In his search for opportunity, this Lisbon, Connecticut, native abandoned the countryside and headed for New York City. Arriving in Manhattan less than a decade after the Pace brothers had opened their school, he enrolled at Pace Institute and completed the course of studies in 1916. Although he went on to earn baccalaureate and doctoral degrees in law, Mr. Willcox always felt it was his Pace training which had given him the competitive edge. A C.P.A. in New York and New Jersey, as well as an attorney, Byron Willcox was associated with two of the country's top accounting firms: Touche, Niven, Bailey and Smart, and Lybrand, Ross Brothers and MontgomM. Thereafter he was Vice President and member of the board of directors of The Grolier Society, Inc., the highly respected publishing firm best known for the Encyclopedia Americana and The Book of Knowledge.

Despite the demands of business, Dr. Willcox found time to serve as a Pace trustee from 1956 until 1964. He was also First Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Ridgewood, New Jersey and President of the Board of Education of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Given his genuine interest in young people, it is not surprising that Byron Willcox endowed a scholarship fund to enable economically disadvantaged sophomores from New Jersey and Connecticut to continue their education at Pace. In 1963 his alma mater awarded Byron C. Willcox an honorary doctorate in Commercial Science.