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June 13, 2016

Gifts Roundup: Old Dominion U. Gets $35 Million for New Art Museum

Old Dominion University

Richard and Carolyn Barry pledged approximately $35 million to build a new art museum at Old Dominion University. The couple are also donating their collection of studio art glass works, and American modernist paintings.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Old Dominion University

Richard and Carolyn Barry pledged approximately $35 million to build an art museum at the Norfolk, Va., campus. The couple are also donating their collection of studio art-glass works as well as American modernist paintings.

Their cash gift will support museum operations and an endowment and will be paid over time and through their estates. The museum is scheduled to open in 2018.

Mr. Barry worked for Landmark Media Enterprises and its predecessor, Landmark Communications, for 40 years. He served in various positions there, most recently as vice chairman. Ms. Barry is an art collector and a board member at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Princeton University

Louis Simpson and his wife, Kimberly Querrey, gave $20 million to pay for a new building. The structure will be named for Mr. Simpson and will house the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and related programs.

Mr. Simpson chairs investment firm SQ Advisors and is a former chief executive of capital operations for auto-insurance firm GEICO. He earned a master’s degree in economics from Princeton in 1960 and was an economics instructor at the university in 1961 and 1962. His son, Ted, is a member of Princeton’s class of 1990.

Meridian Health

Carol Stillwell committed $3 million to expand oncology facilities at Meridian’s Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J.

Ms. Stillwelll is president of Stillwell-Hansen, a company that sells and services air-conditioning, fire-protection, and data-protection systems for businesses. She serves on the boards of the Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation and the Meridian Health Foundation and provides annual nursing scholarships at Bayshore Community Hospital.

Her late father received cancer care at Riverview and her late mother, husband, and brother-in-law were treated at Meridian Health facilities.

N Street Village

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey pledged $1 million to help the charity carry out its programs and current building-renovation projects.

The Washington, D.C., nonprofit provides homeless and low-income women with housing, counseling, health-care, and addiction-recovery services and helps them find jobs.

Wikimedia Foundation

Craig Newmark, the founder of the classified-advertising website Craigslist and nonprofit directory Craigconnects, donated $1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation to shore up the Wikimedia Endowment. The endowment, launched earlier this year, supports Wikipedia and affiliated projects.

Case Western Reserve University

James and Elissa Richman pledged $1 million through their family foundation to back research and programs at the university’s Center for Popular Music Studies. The gift will also support collaboration between the center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, of which Mr. Richman is a trustee.

Mr. Richman leads Richloom Fabrics Group, an international textile converter, designer, and distributor that was founded by his father. He graduated from Case Western in 1972.

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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