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June 04, 2015

Calif. Developer Gives $25 Million for USC Hearing Treatment and Research

Southern California property developer Rick Caruso and his wife, Tina, have donated $25 million to programs at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine that help children with hearing loss, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The gift, announced Thursday, will support the medical school's department for ear, nose, throat, head, and neck problems and an affiliated clinic for children with hearing problems.

Mr. Caruso, whose company has built several Los Angeles shopping and entertainment complexes, is a USC alumnus and has served since 2007 as a university trustee. The Carusos' 15-year-old daughter, who had struggled with hearing loss since birth, was fitted by USC doctors last year with an internal ear device that radically improved her hearing clarity.