Lloyd Aquatic Center to Feature Newly Named Furnary Pool

Lee Owen
Mercersburg Academy has announced that the pool inside the eagerly anticipated Lloyd Aquatic Center will be named the Furnary Pool in honor of Anthony “Tony” Furnary ’76, a leading cardiothoracic surgeon and a standout swimmer and student as well as a Mercersburg parent and sibling. View a gallery of photos from the groundbreaking and pool naming here
Board of Regents President Emerita and Furnary’s Mercersburg classmate Denise M. Dupré ’76 made the announcement at a groundbreaking ceremony for the aquatic center May 11 on campus.

The Lloyd Aquatic Center is scheduled for completion prior to the 2019–2020 academic year; it will be approximately 40,000 square feet and include an Olympic-size 50-meter, 10-lane pool with a diving well. The Furnary Pool will employ a system of movable bulkheads to allow for the transformation of the 50-meter pool into two separate 25-yard courses, giving swimmers the opportunity to train and compete at both short-course and long-course distances.

“I’m thrilled that donors, family, and friends came together to name the pool after Tony,” Dupré said. “He was the quintessential student-athlete who contributed in his sports, in the classroom, and beyond. Naming the pool for him honors all student-athletes at Mercersburg who contribute to our community through the school’s core values and spirit.”

Furnary lives in Portland, Ore., where he is the associate director of the Albert Starr Academic Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and the director of cardiovascular surgical research at Oregon Medical Laser Center. He was the first of four siblings (Marie Furnary ’78, Carol Furnary Casparian ’79, and Jeanne-Marie Furnary ’83) to attend Mercersburg. Furnary and his wife, Julia, have four children, including Academy graduate Alicia ’09.

While a student at Mercersburg, Furnary was editor-in-chief of the Mercersburg NEWS, a dormitory prefect, a member of the Octet, and involved in water polo, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse, in addition to swimming. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Jefferson Medical College and helped develop the Portland Protocol, a revolutionary method of maintaining strict control of blood glucose levels in patients undergoing heart surgery.

“We opened Flanagan Pool more than 50 years ago,” said Board of Regents President Deborah Simon ’74. “It served our school community extraordinarily well. As we begin a new chapter in Mercersburg’s storied swimming program, we can all take pride in the resources we are providing current and future generations of swimmers and other student-athletes who will benefit from the Furnary Pool.”

The Lloyd Aquatic Center is named for Board of Regents member Philip A. Lloyd ’65, his wife, Peggy, and their daughters, Kim ’90 and Bebe ’94 (who were members of Mercersburg’s swimming and diving teams as students at the school). Excavation and construction on the project began in February 2018.

Read about the January 2018 announcement of the naming of the facility for the Lloyds.

Speakers at the May 11 groundbreaking ceremony included Dupré, Simon, Peggy and Phil Lloyd, Student Council President Thomas Vickery ’18, and Head of School Katherine M. Titus.
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