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February 06, 2017

Gifts Roundup: $25 Million Donation Boosts U. of Texas Medical School

Lester Rosebrock

Longtime University of Texas donors Joe and Teresa Lozano Long (center) have given $25 million to the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. They are pictured with William Henrich, the center's president, and participants in a scholarship program funded by the couple.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

University of Texas Health Science Center

Joe and Teresa Lozano Long gave $25 million for medical programs and scholarships at the research and education campus in San Antonio.

The couple directed $20 million of the gift to the President’s Endowment for Faculty Excellence in Medicine, $4 million to endow scholarships for medical students, and $1 million to endow the position of dean.

The Longs both earned doctorates from the University of Texas at Austin. They started their careers as high-school teachers. Mr. Long later became a lawyer and a banker. Ms. Long served as a consultant for the Texas Education Agency’s State Compensatory Education program, the U.S. Education Department’s Office of Migrant Education, and the federal Head Start program.

University of Notre Dame

Charles and Helen Schwab donated $25 million to construct a new building for the Department of Music and the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program.

Mr. Schwab founded investment firm the Charles Schwab Corporation. The new building will be named for Ms. Schwab’s brother, Joseph O’Neill III, a Notre Dame alumnus and university trustee.

Weill Cornell Medicine

Jeffrey Feil and his family donated $12.5 million to the New York medical school to create a new student center with spaces for classes, collaborative projects, advanced patient-care training, and student activities.

Mr. Feil leads the Feil Organization, a New York real-estate company that was started by his father. The family has given about $90 million to Weill Cornell to date.

University of Texas at Dallas

Margaret McDermott gave $10 million to endow undergraduate research in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College, named, at the donor’s request, for the university’s chief academic officer.

Ms. McDermott is the widow of Eugene McDermott, a geophysicist who co-founded Texas Instruments and helped start the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, which later became UT Dallas. He died in 1973.

University of New Hampshire

Judith Blake pledged $8 million for scholarships for students in the business college and to support those participating in the university’s Shoals Marine Laboratory and its Northeast Passage program, which pursues barrier-free recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.

Ms. Blake is a retired marketing executive and 1977 graduate of the university. She mentors students and teaches classes on beverage management. Ten years ago she endowed a scholarship fund for business students, to which this new gift is added.

University of California at Santa Barbara

Linda La Kretz Duttenhaver and her father, Morton La Kretz, committed $6 million to establish the La Kretz Research Center at Sedgwick Reserve, a site for ecological education and study. Some of the money will endow a professorship and fellowships for graduate students conducting research at the reserve.

Ms. Duttenhaver, a public-relations executive, graduated from the university in 1977 and gave it $2 million in 2014 to renovate a ranch house on the Sedgwick Reserve that hosts visiting researchers.

Mr. La Kretz founded Crossroads Management, a property-management company.

University of West Florida

Usha and Mahadeb Kundu gave more than $5 million for academic programs and equipment for researchers at the university’s College of Health, which will be named for the donors.

Ms. Kundu is a physician and her husband is an engineer. He earned his MBA from the university in 1992 and served as an adjunct professor there from 1984 to 1986.

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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