Cassat Hall is named in recognition of George L. Cassat ’46 and the late Patricia Donnell Cassat ’46, whose gifts have supported the construction of Carleton’s new residential facilities. The Cassats named Memorial Hall in honor of Carleton men and women who have perished while serving in the U.S. military. George Cassat has agreed to relinquish the name Memorial Hall to another donor who is committed to providing a leadership gift for the hall.
The Cassats believe a robust residential community lies at the core of Carleton’s liberal arts experience, and have been leading advocates for improving the College’s housing facilities. In addition to their outstanding support of Cassat and Memorial Halls, they have made gifts recently to renovate Nourse, Severance, and Burton Halls.
George Cassat, his daughter Norma Jean Falink ’73, and several of his grandchildren returned to campus in October 2008 for a ceremonial bricklaying at the site of the new residence halls. Jack Eugster ’67, chair of Carleton’s Board of Trustees, praised the Cassats’ generosity: “Cassat and Memorial Halls will reflect, in an enduring way, on the people who have helped Carleton become what it is today and what it will continue to be for students in the years to come,” Eugster said at the ceremony. “The Cassat name will be linked inseparably to students’ residential experiences at Carleton.”