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July 31, 2017

Gifts Roundup: $20 Million for Los Angeles Heart Facility; $10 Million for Delaware Hospital

Providence Health & Services, Southern California

Priscilla and Donald Hunt contributed $20 million for cardiovascular facilities and technology at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance

Priscilla Hunt and the late Donald Hunt gave $20 million to support the Los Angeles County medical center’s $35 million campaign to invest in new cardiovascular facilities and technology.

A hospital tower will be named for the couple.

Beebe Healthcare

Margaret and Randall Rollins gave $10 million through their foundation to support the Delaware hospital’s expansion plans. It will fund a four-story patient wing and pavilion in Lewes, holding complex medical and surgical cases, private rooms, and a new women and children’s department.

Mr. Rollins is the billionaire chairman of the Rollins pest-control conglomerate.

Duquesne University

Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas Kline gave $7.5 million to create a new judicial education center in the university’s law school. In conjunction with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the program will coordinate with deans and law scholars at Pennsylvania’s nine law schools to create courses and seminars for trial and appellate judges across the state.

Mr. Kline is a 1978 alumnus of the law school.

University of Iowa

Henry and Patricia Tippie gave $5 million to endow the university’s athletic-director position. The position will be named for the couple, and an annual payout from the gift will be available to the athletic director to spend on top department priorities.

Mr. Tippie, an alumnus, is a business executive with the Rollins pest-control conglomerate. The couple are longtime donors to the university.

University of California San Diego

Nobel laureate Harry Markowitz has pledged a $4 million legacy gift to establish an endowed fellowship program to support students at the Rady School of Management.

The fellowship is designed to attract and support outstanding students in the area of the decision sciences, including mathematics, finance, and operations research.

Mr. Markowitz, a longtime adjunct professor at the business school, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1990 for developing the theory of portfolio choice.

Norwalk Hospital

The McGraw family, founders of the McGraw-Hill publishing company, is pledging up to $3 million to establish the Connecticut hospital’s new McGraw Family Center for Advanced Learning. Through their foundation, the family is setting aside $2 million of the pledge as a challenge grant, aiming to encourage additional philanthropy by matching contributions dollar for dollar.

The new facility will include a health-science library, medical simulation facilities, and spaces for group and distance learning.

Albany Medical Center

Robert and Lisa Moser and their family gave $2.5 million to support the hospital’s Cleft-Craniofacial Center and its director, the region’s only pediatric plastic surgeon.

Mr. Moser is a real-estate developer. The family had previously funded cleft-palate organizations globally.

Palomar Medical Center Escondido

Tom Oeschger and his family gave $1 million to the Palomar Health Foundation to support the construction of a new medical conference center.

Mr. Oeschger made the gift to honor his late parents, Frank and Eileen Oeschger.

Washington College

An anonymous couple left $1 million to the Maryland college to establish an endowment for the study of the classical world.

The couple, who were not alumni, were members of the college’s major-giving society and often attended events on campus.

Yeshiva University

Tzili Charney gave $1 million in honor of her husband, Leon Charney, to support the Center for Israel Studies and the Leon Charney Legacy Project at the university’s library and archives.

Ms. Charney is a costume designer and involved in Middle East conflict resolution. The late Mr. Charney, an alumnus, had successful careers in real estate and the media but was primarily known as the "back channel" used by President Jimmy Carter during the Camp David Accords.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.

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