- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The co-founder of the Friendly’s ice cream restaurant chain has asked a Massachusetts college to remove his name from a campus building.

American International College in Springfield complied with the request from Curtis Blake on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, Blake expressed disappointment with a decision by AIC’s Curtis Blake Learning Services center to close the Curtis Blake Day School for students with language learning disabilities.

Blake tells The Republican (https://bit.ly/1GvWeRY ) newspaper that “I have lost interest in helping American International College.”

Over the years, Blake has donated $1 million to the center.

AIC said in a statement that “Blake has been a generous donor to AIC,” and it “will make the changes he has requested.”

The 99-year-old Blake and his brother, Prestley, founded the chain in 1935 with a single shop.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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