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Fontbonne Names Campus Library for Enterprise Holdings Founder

Fontbonne University has announced the naming of its campus library in honor of businessman and entrepreneur Jack C. Taylor, founder of St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands. Taylor has supported the mission and vision of Fontbonne through gifts in excess of $1 million.
“Jack’s support of Fontbonne has been absolutely outstanding,” said Dr. Dennis C. Golden, Fontbonne president. “We are honored to name our central academic building after a man who represents courage, competency, conviction and a compelling desire for excellence.” 

Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., Taylor enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He became an F6F Hellcat fighter pilot and flew combat missions in the Pacific Theatre from the decks of the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Essex and U.S.S. Enterprise, for which he later named his company.

The Jack C. Taylor Library houses an extensive collection of resources, including books, reference materials, DVDs, scholarly journals, newspapers and popular magazines. It includes the largest computer lab on Fontbonne’s campus, and it adds its own 95,000 volumes to the 23 million items available through the MOBIUS system of academic and research libraries throughout Missouri. The building also contains classrooms, offices, conference rooms and the Lewis Auditorium.

“We are proud to honor Mr. Taylor’s philanthropic spirit, as well as his commitment to Clayton and to our university,” said Dr. Sharon McCaslin, the university’s librarian. “This is a great day for Fontbonne!”

Learn more about the Jack. C. Taylor Library.