Regents Approve Naming of Golf Facility

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IOWA CITY, Iowa --The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has approved the University of Iowa's request to name its new training facility for its men's and women's golf programs the "James M. Hoak Family Golf Complex" in recognition of the support of the project and the UI by James and Jane Hoak and their family.

Jim Hoak was a three-year letterwinner in men's golf from 1938-40 and roomed with UI football legend Nile Kinnick. Hoak attended the M.B.A. program at Harvard University in the early 1940's and after service in the Navy during World War II, joined the family business, the Wheeler Lumber Company, headquartered in Des Moines.

Jim's wife, Jane, also was a graduate of the UI. One of the Hoak's children and three of their grandchildren also hold degrees from the UI. The Hoak's are also long-time members of the UI Foundation's Presidents Club, the UI Alumni Association's Old Capital, and the National I-Club. Jim served on the national committee for the Iowa Endowment 2000 campaign and was the chair of the College of Business Class of 1940 gift committee. Jane served on the College of Liberal Arts Class of 1941 gift committee.

In honor of Jim's accomplishments and leadership, members of the Hoak family and friends combined their efforts to make a $500,000 gift in support of the $2 million project. Members of the Hoak family and long-time friend, Clark A. Johnson, previously had made gift commitments to the UI Foundation to establish the James M. Hoak Scholarship which is provided annually to a member of the UI golf men's golf team.

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