Don Herak Named Bulldog Club Service Award Recipient
April 27, 2000
SPOKANE, Wash. - Don Herak, one of Gonzaga University's best friends and longtime member of the Board of Trustees, was named the Gonzaga University Bulldog Club Service Award recipient Thursday at the 17th annual Bulldog Club Senior-Athletes Luncheon.
Don has given of his time, his boundless energy, and his personal resource to contribute to Gonzaga in many ways for more than 50 years.
Gonzaga Chancellor Rev. Bernard Coughlin, S.J., has said of Don, "Few people I can think of are more devoted to Gonzaga or hold Gonzaga as high in their priorities as Don Herak."
Don and his wife Carol, who passed away two years ago, were major contributors in funding the Herak Center for Engineering. They have funded numerous other projects including the Law School Building among other construction projects, scholarships and professorships, an endowment for equipment and faculty development, and the Great Teachers Program. For the past several years Don and Carol have sponsored a Gonzaga Night at the Spokane Symphony. And in the past two years alone Herak has helped the university raise more than $200,000 for intercollegiate athletics.
Giving back to Gonzaga is something Herak wants to do, and has consistently done ever since he graduated from Gonzaga in 1946 with an engineering degree. For it was his association with the Jesuits and the faculty here that gave him his base for leading a successful, productive and benevolent life.
He built roads, bridges and dams in his home state of Montana when he first got out of school. Then he moved to Spokane in 1951, and in 1956 became manager of Acme Concrete. In 1960 he became Acme's president. He owned and operated the local business until he sold it in 1987. A person who's not comfortable with idle time, he wasn't about to retire. Since 1987 Don has operated Herak Enterprises. He has three children - daughters Toni and Donna, and son Jerry. Toni and Jerry are also GU alumni. When he's not working, or serving Gonzaga, you'd be likely to find Don on the golf course, or cheering on the Zags.
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