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Dedication of Picotte Hall at Dundale

A Gift from the Michael B. Picotte ’69 Family to Establish Picotte Hall at Dundale

Named in memory of Bernard and Kathleen Picotte, who taught love of God, family, and education

dedication of picotte hall with family
Dedication of Picotte hall
Picotte hall sign with family

Bernard and Kathleen Picotte

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Picotte Hall at Dundale is named in memory of Bernard and Kathleen Picotte, who taught their children the love of God, family, and education. Bernard and Kathleen instilled in their children a strong sense of faith, a loyalty of family, and a commitment to education, values which have defined the Picotte family.

Bernard Picotte faced adversity early in life when his father’s business interests were destroyed by a Florida hurricane in 1927. Bernard returned home from boarding school to spend his non-school time laboring with his father to continue building homes. He borrowed tuition money from the family grocer to attend Temple University’s two-year real estate program. The sacrifices he made to leave his father at that critical time and work multiple jobs for room and board demonstrated his respect for education, which he taught his family. He was later the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters from Siena College, which brought him great joy.

Kathleen McManus Picotte influenced her family through her demonstrated love of God, along with an infectious sense of humor. Kathleen grew up in Albany, N.Y., the daughter of a popular haberdasher. She was an accomplished violinist who played with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the College of St. Rose, she taught special education students until starting a family of her own. A devout Irish Catholic, Kathleen was beacon of faith for her family, rousing her children from bed to attend mass before school every morning during Lent. Impressing upon her children the importance of education, she often recited the phrase, “The only thing that can’t be taken away from you is your education.” Kathleen guided her home with abundance of both love and humor. She had a way of looking at life that could put humor into just about every situation, and her children all walked away with that gift from her.

Bernard and Kathleen Picotte were shining examples of the values of love of God, family and education – values their children and grandchildren drew upon to form close family ties and build a family business.

Michael and Margaret Picotte

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Michael B. Picotte is a graduate of the Albany Academy and of Villanova University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1969. While at Villanova he was a class officer, a member of the Blue Key Society, a Villanova Singer, and a member of the varsity tennis team.

Following his graduation from college and active duty in the U.S. Army, Michael joined the Picotte Companies, where he has spent his business career and presently serves as Managing General Partner. He remains actively involved with Villanova University and is currently a member of both the Board of Trustees and the Steering Committee of Transforming Minds and Hearts: The Campaign for Villanova.

Michael is a graduate of the Harvard University Owner and President Management Program and the New York State Realtors Institute. He has been honored with Junior Achievement’s National Business Leadership Award and included in Who’s Who in America. Michael has served on a number of business-related boards and is a former director of Fleet Boston Financial Group.

He has been active throughout his life working with organizations that provide education and human services. Among the boards on which he has served or chaired are Emma Willard School, College of St. Rose, Mercy High School, and St. Peter’s Hospital.

Margaret Lindsay Picotte attended Dana Hall School and Boston University. She is active in community affairs, and presently serves on the Boards of the United Way and Hospice, both of Palm Beach County, Florida. She is Chairperson of the Rosarian Academy Board of Trustees.

Michael and Margaret Picotte presently direct two charitable foundations. These foundations provide funding for education, human services, arts, and healthcare. They are the parents of three children: Nicole, Joseph, and Michelle.