Following the renovation of Pace University’s 1700s farmhouse that houses Pace’s Environmental Center on the Pleasantville campus, a museum will open to the public as an exhibition space for nature and wildlife. Named The Marty McGuire Museum, a dedication ceremony is set for Monday, April 25, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
The museum is named in honor of Martin “Marty” H. McGuire, a 2006 alumnus of Pace University, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and died on August 5, 2007 in a car accident.
Ralph O’Dell, retired director of Natural Resource Protection with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for NY State, and a mentor to Marty, wanted to create his legacy at Pace. The project was also supported by Pace University benefactor Lucy Waletzky, M.D.
In 2003 O’Dell and McGuire visited the Environmental Center and this clinched McGuire’s decision to transfer to Pace University and become an Environmental Studies major. McGuire pursued internships as part of his coursework through the Center and upon graduation he worked with O’Dell as an assistant in the Natural Resource Protection division of NY State Parks.