The way Neil Hartman sees it, he was afforded a rare honor Friday.
Standing in front of the new ' math building bearing his name, Hartman said, "I was of the opinion that you had to be dead or very wealthy (to have a building named after you)."
Though he may be neither, , one of its longest-tenured math teachers, by dedicating the building in his name.
Andrew Searle Pang, one of Hartman's former students, said his old teacher exemplified many of the core Quaker values: "Simplicity, integrity, humility, pacifism, and a deep belief in human brotherhood."
"He shaped the minds and touched the souls of thousands of Moorestown Friends students," Pang added. "Neil Hartman is a good teacher and a good man."
The dedication and ribbon cutting represented the kickoff to Moorestown Friends' Alumni Weekend. (Check here for a full scheduled of Alumni Weekend events.)
Hartman Hall—on the grounds of the former Greenleaf Retirement Community—is the first new classroom construction at Moorestown Friends in the last 50 years. The building houses eight math classrooms, along with a choral music suite, technology lab, conference room, student lounge, faculty workroom and office space.
Michael Omilian, chair of the math department, said the building will provide "room for growth, room for collaboration, room for exploration, and room for future challenges."
Spokesman Mike Schlotterbeck said the school's capital campaign to pay for the building is just shy of its $6 million goal—raised through donations from alumni and supporters of the school—but school officials are hoping to exceed that number before it's all said and done.
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