A boat christening ceremony recognized Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer T. Dwayne McCay and his wife Mary Helen McCay, research professor, during Homecoming 2013. It took place Oct. 26 at Florida Tech’s anchorage boathouse. Two eight-person rowing shells were named in their honor, the “T. Dwayne” and “Mary Helen.”
T. Dwayne was recognized for his many contributions to the rowing program as an administrator and a donor.
Assisting in the dedication of the shell named in his honor was head men’s rowing coach Jim Granger. The new shell was made by Italian manufacturer Filippi, which is known to produce boats for national rowing teams.
Mary Helen was acknowledged as an outstanding role model for women student-athletes. She is a former astronaut and was an intercollegiate varsity tennis player at Florida State University.
Helping to dedicate the shell named for her was head women’s rowing coach Adam Thorstad. This shell was constructed by Resolute of Providence, R.I., a company regarded as one of the top women’s racing shell makers in the country.
PHOTO: T. Dwayne McCay christens the “Mary Helen” with champagne.