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March 07, 2016

Gifts Roundup: $20 Million to Colorado State U. From a Racehorse Breeder

Colorado State University
Colorado State University's new Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies will focus on regenerative medicine and research to develop treatments to improve animal and human health.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Colorado State University

An anonymous racehorse breeder gave $20 million to help pay for the construction costs of the university’s new Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies.

The center will focus on regenerative medicine and research to develop treatments that improve animal and human health. The university will start building the institute later this year.

Courtesy of Lupe Diaz Compean
Lupe Diaz Compean's $15 million gift to San Jose University will endow scholarships and other student programs.

San Jose State University

Lupe Diaz Compean, a real-estate investor, pledged $15 million for scholarships and other student programs.

The money will endow three main areas: a program to increase student retention and graduation rates; three scholarships to support emancipated foster youths, California Dream Act students, and a merit scholarship for high-performing students; lectures, art exhibits, workshops and other events at the university’s Student Union Center; and the maintenance and operating needs of the center.

Neither Ms. Compean nor her late husband, Ramiro Compean, attended college, but they started giving to the university in the 1990s after hearing about the institution’s Mexican-American Studies Department. Mr. Compean died in 2002.

University of California at Los Angeles

The estate of David Dobrow, an orthopedic surgeon, donated $11.7 million to endow the Herb Alpert School of Music.

Mr. Dobrow specified in his will that the money should be used to support classical music performances.

He attended UCLA from 1946 to 1949 as an undergraduate. He was on the university’s football team, played the trumpet, and appeared as an extra in several motion pictures, including All the King’s Men and Sinbad the Sailor. He died in 2013 at 85.

University of Oregon

Tim and Mary Boyle gave $10 million to endow the university’s aquatic-animal care facility and expand genomics research.

Mr. Boyle is chief executive of Columbia Sportswear. He and his wife attended the university in the early 1970s. Mr. Boyle studied business and earned a degree in journalism, and Mary Boyle majored in fine and applied arts.

Science and philanthropy are in Mr. Boyle’s blood: His aunt, Hildegard Lamfrom, was a prominent scientist and researcher at the university, and he is the son of Oregon businesswoman and philanthropist Gert Boyle.

University of Iowa Foundation

Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan and Patrick Scanlan donated $10 million to establish an early-entrance academy for academically advanced 10th graders, which will be named the Martin and Melva Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math for Ms. Bucksbaum’s parents.

Students who qualify will enroll at the university in fall of 2016 after completing the equivalent of their sophomore year in high school.

Martin Bucksbaum co-founded General Growth Limited Partnership, a firm that develops shopping centers and real-estate investment trusts. He died in 1995. Melva Bucksbaum was an art collector who died last year.

University of Virginia

Ryan Zimmerman, a professional baseball player, pledged $1 million to support the university’s baseball program.

Mr. Zimmerman graduated from the university in 2005 and was quickly drafted into the major-league baseball team, the Washington Nationals.

He previously gave the university $250,000 to renovate the baseball team’s clubhouse and its indoor hitting facility.

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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