, Florida , United States
|| March 24, 1932
|Died||January 02, 2011
Mar 24, 2020 04:27pm
|Info||Richard A. McMahan |
Richard A. McMahan, who served on the Stetson board from 1994 to 2009, was known for his dedication to students and wanting them to succeed. He and his wife, Mary "Dinky" Blount McMahan, established the Richard and Mary McMahan Scholarship in 1997 at Stetson and supported athletics and other programs.
A graduate of Clemson University in architecture, he also established a scholarship there in 1993.
"We did everything we could to help," his wife said in an interview Monday. The motto he lived by came from part of a Sam Walter Foss poem.
"He wanted to live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man," his wife said.
McMahan, who served in the state House of Representatives from 1992 to 1994, was founder and former owner of McMahan Construction Co., a DeLand contracting firm specializing in water and wastewater treatment plants and underground utilities. He made a major gift to Stetson toward the construction of the School of Music's Mary B. McMahan Hall, which he named in honor of his wife and was dedicated in March 2009.
"Dick was an original thinker, always willing to share his expertise and point of view. And Stetson is better for it," Stetson president Wendy Libby said in a statement.
Linda Davis, Stetson vice president for university relations, said McMahan and his wife have been "passionate" about education and "believed if you give a young person an education, you are giving them a future filled with possibilities."
Harlan "Butch" Paul, a DeLand lawyer and chair of the board of trustees, said McMahan gave of his time and energy and "always had good insight and provided good guidance to the board."
He also was a key player in Volusia County's growth since the 1960s and served on many organizations, including being founding director of Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools; eight years on the city of DeLand planning board; and founding director of the Volusia County Business Development Corp.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael McMahan of DeLand, and several nieces and nephews.