$1 million donated toward new UF chemistry building


Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 3:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 3:50 p.m.

The University of Florida has received a $1 million donation from Fort Myers oncologist Dr. Howard Sheridan and his wife, Brenda Sheridan, to help pay for construction of a new chemistry building.

"The current building is not the state-of-the-art facility that the university's reputation deserves," Dr. Sheridan said in a news release.

The new building will be built adjacent to the existing chemistry building on what is now a parking lot at the southeast corner of University Avenue and NW 17th Street.

UF received $20 million from the Legislature this year toward a new chemistry building. With the $15 million it received last year and $7 million before that, UF has $42 million toward its needed $60 million to replace the outdated, cramped, building built in 1947 with one that can meet the growing demand for class and lab space.

Sheridan is an oncologist based in Fort Myers who got his chemistry degree from UF in 1965, the same year his wife got her degree in journalism.

- Jeff Schweers

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