November 17, 2008
The brick paths of the Paul R. Halmos Commemorative Walk represent the confluence of two bodies of water that help define the District of Columbia: the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. The number of inscribed bricks in the walk grew this week as the MAA installed the third set of 100 bricks.
The nearly 1370 bricks that now pave the paths are gradually being replaced by bricks inscribed with the names and memories of those close to the MAA. The first three sets of 100 commemorative bricks have now been put into place, and the latest set includes six more MAA section bricks, a brick honoring MAA President Joe Gallian, and a brick remembering former MAA Executive Director Marcia Sward.
A generous donation in 2003 by Paul and Virginia Halmos made the restoration and renovation of the Carriage House possible. The MAA is now raising funds to support the Conference Center and its activities. For just $303 (to honor Paul Halmos' birthday on March 3), anyone can have a name or dedication inscribed on a brick to become a part of MAA history.
Development Manager Lisa Kolbe noted that the bricks will continue to be laid in sets of 100 until the walk is completely full.
The response by members thus far has been great, Kolbe said. "I've had nothing but very positive reactions from everybody who has seen the walk so far."
If you're visiting Washington, D.C., please stop by MAA headquarters, take a look at the new Carriage House Conference Center, and stroll the Paul R. Halmos Commemorative Walk.