For Immediate Release – September 26, 2003




GENESEO, N.Y. – The meeting and conference room at McClellan House has been officially dedicated as the Linfoot Room in honor of prominent Geneseo businessman John Linfoot.

McClellan House, located at 26 Main Street in Geneseo, was purchased by the Geneseo Foundation three years ago and has undergone extensive renovation. The historic structure houses the Lockhart Art Gallery, the Alumni Center, and storage space for the college art collection.

The Linfoot Room has provided an attractive meeting space for a wide variety of college and non-profit community groups during the past two years. Groups utilizing the space include the Association for the Preservation of Geneseo (APOG), the Genesee Valley Conservancy, Focus on the Children, and the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce.

"John Linfoot has made many significant and lasting contributions to the college and the community over the years and we felt it was very appropriate to designate the meeting room as the Linfoot Room in appreciation," said Art Hatton, president of the Geneseo Foundation.

"One of the Foundation’s goals in restoring this historic landmark was to recognize individuals dedicated to preserving the special character of the Geneseo community," added Hatton. McClellan House was named in memory of Robert and Jeanette McClellan and the Lockhart Gallery was named in memory of Dr. James Lockhart.

John Linfoot, president of Youngs and Linfoot Real Estate and Insurance, serves as vice chairman of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors and chair of the Development Committee. He was president of the Blue Knights Roundtable for 15 years and is a member of the SUNY Geneseo Athletic Hall of Fame. He played a key role in the acquisition of McClellan House and has been a strong supporter of efforts to preserve and expand the college’s art collection.

Active in community affairs, Linfoot is a member of the College Community Council and the Geneseo Kiwanis Club.

Linfoot’s mother, Ruth Linfoot, is a charter member of the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors.

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