Korean War Memorial
The Blair Family Foundation was established by Faye Blair and her late husband, Tom, a Korean War veteran, U.S. Marine infantryman, and local business leader who attended The University of Akron.
The foundation has a long tradition of honoring men and women in all military branches, particularly those who have returned from active duty to continue their UA education.
Artist Carl Floyd designed this memorial to honor U.S. citizens who served in the Korean Conflict.
Historically, The Blair Family Foundation has supported the establishment and maintenance of the Korean War Memorial on campus. The Foundation also established the Musson Veterans Lounge, where student-veterans can relax, connect, and attend programs of special interest to them.
In addition to creating the Korean War Memorial, the foundation established an emergency fund providing interest-free loans to student-veterans. The loans are available for unexpected events that threaten to disrupt or prevent a student-veteran’s college education.
Benefits to campus
The University of Akron cares for students who have returned from active duty to begin or resume their studies.
Because of the generosity of the Blair Family Foundation, UA developed a veteran-friendly culture, and proudly serves approximately 1,300 student-veterans, along with 135 faculty and staff members who are military veterans.
UA also established the high-tech Musson Veterans Lounge, a fast-track two-year degree program, and a partnership with the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to provide specialized therapies and clinical services.
To honor a loved one through a named space opportunity on campus, please contact the Department of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org