HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 26, 2019 – Today, High Point University dedicated the newly built Mahler Promenade to the family for which it is named.
Last fall, Peter and Mary Mahler, a long-time HPU family, made a generous seven-figure gift along with their daughter Punkin Parker, her husband, Alan, and son Alan A., as well as their daughter Janet Fisher and her husband, Wayne, for the Mahler Promenade.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of Peter and Mary Mahler through the years,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. “They have been friends of High Point University for many years and understand and appreciate the values-based education we teach our students. The Mahler Promenade is a beautiful addition to HPU’s inspiring environment.”
The promenade is located between Congdon Hall and Wanek School of Natural Sciences and has been extended to the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce and the Caine Conservatory. The Mahler Promenade includes a topiary garden, which is part of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
“Mary and I are thankful to be connected to HPU and are happy to support the university’s mission in preparing students to succeed in their future,” said Peter. “We are pleased to be part of the university’s growth and progress in the recent years.”
The Mahlers started PAM Trading Co. in 1983 as a textile business, but have since added injection molding. Peter has also engineered several pieces of hosiery equipment and has U.S. patents as well as foreign patents. The Mahlers’ daughters and husbands, as well as their grandson, now run the family business.
Peter is a member of the HPU Board of Trustees. In 2011, the Mahler family gave $1 million to name the first floor of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication building.
The Mahlers have been married for more than 70 years and moved to High Point in 1963. They are both of German descent.