During a special ceremony in early September, the performance area inside McCray Recital Hall was dedicated to Sharon Kay Dean.

Dean is the wife of Pitsco founder and CEO Harvey Dean, who made a generous donation to PSU for the renovation of McCray Hall. Harvey Dean and the couple’s three children were in attendance at the dedication ceremony.

“I was very surprised about it all,” Sharon Kay Dean said. “I felt like it should have been named for someone else, but I’m definitely grateful for this special honor.”

McCray Recital Hall was first dedicated in 1929 as Music Hall. In 1961, it was re-dedicated in honor of music teacher Walter McCray. During the ceremony to honor Sharon Kay Dean, PSU President Steve Scott said the hall is special to him because of his mother, who graduated from PSU in 1941.

“My mother probably performed in this room,” Scott said.
Randy Roberts, PSU archivist, described McCray Recital Hall as a “real workhorse for the arts and culture.”