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Aurora University Announces Naming of Vago Field

AURORA, Ill. October 20, 2008 - Aurora University announced that its football and soccer field has been named Vago Field in honor of Louis Vago, an Aurora University alumnus and retired attorney from Aurora.

Before the beginning of the homecoming football game on Oct. 18, Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Calvin R. Myers, a 1964 Aurora College alumnus, led the field dedication ceremony along with President Rebecca L. Sherrick and Head Football Coach Rich Duncan. They honored Vago for his contributions to the new field as well as his support for the university. Coach Duncan presented Vago with an autographed football, courtesy of the AU football team, and Dr. Sherrick presented an AU letterman’s jacket to Vago after the unveiling of the scoreboard bearing the name Vago Field.

The naming of the field is in recognition of a leadership gift from Vago to the university. The field underwent a renovation during the past summer. This fall, the university has hosted football games as well as men’s and women’s soccer teams on the new field.

The field features a 240 by 400-foot field with an artificial turf surface, grandstand seating for more than 600 and a sports information center.

President Sherrick said, “We are most appreciative of Louis Vago’s gift to the university, which is indicative of his strong support for both the university and our athletic program. We truly are proud to name our new field Vago Field in his honor.”

Several years ago, the university launched the first phase of an effort to upgrade athletic facilities when Thornton Gymnasium was renovated, including several infrastructure improvements in Alumni Hall. The efforts to improve facilities that serve students continued this summer when the field was upgraded.

After the announcement of the new field name, Vago said, “I am grateful for the educational experiences I had while a student at Aurora College, and I have been extremely impressed with the growth Aurora University has experienced in recent years. As a result, I wanted to help AU continue to improve its facilities. I have enjoyed AU football games for many years and hope my support will help the university serve its students for years to come.”

Vago was born and raised in Aurora. A first-generation son of immigrant parents, and an East Aurora High School graduate, he served from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Army as an infrantryman with the 34th Division in the Italian Campaign.

He attended Aurora College from 1946 to 1948, then transferred to DePaul University for the next seven years, attending night school. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1953 and graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1955.

In 1948, he became an Internal Revenue Agent and worked for the Internal Revenue Service until 1955. In 1956, he became a vice president of Warrenville Window Company, and in 1960, Vago founded General Aluminum Corporation. The company grew from four employees to nearly 300 with sales nearing $50 million. In 1986, he sold his majority interest in the company and retired.

He was elected to the board of the National Association of Garage Manufacturers and served as its president for the years 1981 to 1983.

He also served on the board of directors of Home Federal Savings and Loan, Aurora National Bank, Great Banc, Inc., and The Aurora Foundation. He also served as a trustee of B.P.O. Elks of Aurora and as the president of the Aurora Catholic Education Foundation.

Vago is a member of the American Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association.


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