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The multiplier effect

Heywood Fralin and his brother Horace grew up in Roanoke, but took divergent paths as young adults.

Horace attended Virginia Tech and became a businessman, taking over his father’s Roanoke-based construction business before starting his own company, Medical Facilities of America Inc. (MFA), a chain of nursing homes.

Heywood went to the University of Virginia and American University Law School and became an attorney.

One thing they did have in common, though, was a strong sense of community service — and a shared philanthropic philosophy.

Among many gifts, Horace and his wife, Ann, provided the major funding for the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech. Heywood and his wife, Cynthia, in 2012 willed their collection of American art to the University of Virginia Art Museum, now called the Fralin Museum of Art.


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