One of the most beautiful buildings on campus is easily Tagart Memorial Chapel, a graceful stone structure whose quiet dignity is reflected in its surroundings – the gentle slope of Chapel Hill, the expanse of corn fields below, the shaded serenity of Childs Memorial, the Timothy Nicolai ’87 memorial garden, the trees that line the path to the chapel. The most recent addition to this landscape is the McDonogh Columbarium, a slightly curved granite monument constructed in 2001 that lies on the south side of the chapel.

Adjacent to the memorial garden, the columbarium consists of a series of recessed chambers that hold the ashes of the deceased. There are over twenty individuals whose remains have been placed there such as: John Sturgis Wells ’24 whose generous gift allowed for the columbarium to be built, John H. Marcus Crum ’24 and his wife Katherine V. Crum, Warren Evans Olt ’42, Willis Keyes Lynch ’28 his wife Katrine Lowell Lynch, former faculty member Louis F. Martin, Jr., and former chairman of the board and alumnus Dr. Albert H. Dudley, Jr. ’40.

Interment in the columbarium is open to alumni, current and former faculty and staff, former school trustees, and their spouses. It was built to satisfy requests made to the board by individuals wanting McDonogh to be their permanent home. Those who wish to make McDonogh their final resting place may have one’s ashes placed in an urn and stored in the columbarium. The names of the deceased will be inscribed on the outside of the monument. Having nurtured countless students in its youth, the McDonogh community is happy to welcome back those who wish to return following long and fruitful lives.

For more information about the McDonogh Columbarium, please contact Kacey Macomber, Director of McDonogh Land Resources, at (410) 363-0600 ext. 252 or

If you would like to download and print a copy of the contract for the Columbarium please click here.

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