Patricia McBride Herbert and Allan Herbert
The couple’s most recent gift to the popular campus wellness center that bears their name has transformed it into one of the nation’s best such facilities.
For Patti and Allan Herbert, the secret to a long life is a healthy heart. And since a happy heart is a healthy one, they have spent their 50-plus years together celebrating the love that first blossomed at the University of Miami and has grown exponentially with each passing year.
In a dramatic extension of their love for the U and a desire to make all Hurricanes as happy and healthy as possible, Patti, B.B.A. ’57, and Allan, B.B.A. ’55, M.B.A. ’58, made a substantial gift in 2008 to the multipurpose health and wellness facility on the Coral Gables campus, now named the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center in their honor. Their contribution helped make possible an 18,000-square-foot renovation in 2011 that expanded the fitness room and added a variety of features, including the latest in fitness and cardio equipment, multipurpose rooms for additional exercise classes, a new cycling room with an audiovisual system that immerses riders in various landscapes, and a Pilates studio with reformer machines.
Norm Parsons, director of the 138,000-square-foot Herbert Wellness Center, notes that the renovation has transformed the center into “one of the best facilities in the country based on square footage per student.”
The Herberts, owners of the Richmond Hotel in Miami Beach, also helped to create the “Love Bridge” outside of the Herbert Wellness Center, a walkway of personalized bricks that celebrates relationships formed at the University.
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