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Fenwick alumnus makes $3 million donation


By Kasey Schefflin- Emrich | May 10, 2018

Fenwick High School has received a $3 million donation from alumnus Michael R. Quinlan, former CEO of McDonald's, and his wife.

The donation will be used to build a 300-space parking garage at the Oak Park school, with construction expected to begin next summer.

“The Quinlans’ gift commitment of $3 million over three years represents the largest, single gift in the 89-year history of our school,” the Rev. Richard Peddicord, Fenwick's president, said. 

Fenwick Board Chair Mary Ellen Penicook said the parking garage will reduce street congestion and improve safety.

Quinlan graduated from Fenwick in 1962, and went on to earn a bachelor’s and MBA degree in philosophy and psychology from Loyola University Chicago. He had been offered a full-tuition scholarship to the university while a senior at Fenwick.

Quinlan is the former chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corp., where he helped spearhead the construction of a Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

“Fenwick High School placed me on a path to success for which I am eternally grateful,” Quinlan said. “As a Friar, I want to do my part to ensure future generations of Fenwick students have the same access to the high-quality, Dominican education that I had.”

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