Auburn, AL (EETV-) The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering dedicated the Carol Ann Gavin Garden Friday, Sept. 13, in honor of Charles Gavin's late wife.

The class of 1959 textile management major made the garden possible through a $2.5 million gift.

The garden includes a mix of French parterre and English knot gardens connecting the Brown-Kopel Center and Gavin Laboratory. The area provides a tranquil backdrop for students to study, eat lunch or relax between classes.   

"Charles and the entire Gavin family, by making the Gavin Laboratory renovation possible and turning this once dilapidated space into an oasis, you've impacted future Auburn engineers for generations to come," said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. "Because of your vision, because of your belief in Auburn, and your love for it, this is all possible."

The Harbert College of Business previously dedicated the Chuck Gavin Terrace in honor of Gavin's son. The terrace, on top of the new Horton-Hardgrave Hall, will provide business students with a similar relaxing atmosphere.  Following the dedication, the university also hosted a dedication for the new $44 million Brown-Kopel Center.