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March 14, 2016

Gifts Roundup: $37 Million to UC-Davis for Eye Care and Research

UC Davis

Ernest Tschannen, 91, made a pledge to the University of California at Davis Center for Vision Science after having surgery there for glaucoma.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

University of Chicago

Joe Mansueto, who founded the investment-research firm Morningstar, and his wife, Rika, a former investment analyst, donated $35 million to create the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation.

The institute will bring together programs in the social, natural, and computational sciences and in the humanities to expand the university’s urbanization research and policy programs. Officials will help develop classes and opportunities for undergraduates, such as internships, and expand support for graduate and postdoctoral students.

Mr. Mansueto earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the university in 1978 and an M.B.A. from its Booth School of Business in 1980. Ms. Mansueto earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the university in 1991.

In 2008, the couple donated $25 million to build the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.

University of California at Davis Eye Center

Ernest Tschannen pledged $37 million to support glaucoma research, eye care, and doctor training at the university’s Center for Vision Science.

The 91-year-old started his career as an engineer and became a real-estate investor.

After being diagnosed with glaucoma, he went to the UC Davis Eye Center where he underwent successful eye surgery.

He previously gave the center $1.5 million.

Texas A&M University

Anthony Bahr and Jay Graham gave $6 million apiece to back the Petroleum Ventures Program, a new training program to better prepare undergraduate and graduate students interested in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Bahr and Mr. Graham founded WildHorse Resources Management Company, an oil and gas exploration firm. The business partners are both Texas A&M alumni. Mr. Bahr graduated in 1991 and Mr. Graham in 1992.

University of Pennsylvania

David and June Trone donated $5 million to the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative to establish the Trone Family Public Policy Initiative Fund, which will support public-policy research and education.

Mr. and Ms. Trone earned M.B.A. degrees from the Wharton School. He is the co-owner and president of Total Wine & More, a large national wine, beer, and spirits retailer. She is a former industrial and process engineer.

Case Western Reserve University

Bob Herbold, a former chief operating officer at Microsoft, pledged $1.5 million for graduate student scholarships at the Case School of Engineering’s new Institute for Smart, Secure, and Connected Systems.

Mr. Herbold earned a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in computer science at Case Western. In 2014 he gave the university $2.6 million to endow an engineering professorship in informatics and analytics.

Charlotte Ballet

Hugh McColl Jr. and his wife, Jane Spratt McColl, gave $1 million to pay for the ballet company’s new production of "The Nutcracker." The company will premier the production in December.

Mr. McColl is a former Bank of America chairman and chief executive. He retired in 2001 and has since co-founded a number of investment firms.

University of Kansas

Diane Klepper, a pulmonologist, donated $1 million for the university’s new Health Education Building.

Dr. Klepper graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in 1956 and earned a doctor of medicine degree from the School of Medicine in 1964.

She later became the dean of admissions and student affairs at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, a post she held for 31 years.

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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