Elsewhere online
April 06, 2016

Southern Cal and Thomas Jefferson U. Receive Major Gifts

The University of Southern California has received a $25 million donation from property magnate Edward Roski and his wife, Gayle, to support vision care and research at the university's Eye Institute, writes The Pasadena Star-News.

The facility, part of USC's Keck School of Medicine, will be renamed for the couple, who are longtime university donors. Mr. Roski is the president and chairman of Majestic Realty in Los Angeles and a USC trustee. Ms. Roski, a painter, received cataract treatment at the Eye Institute that she credits with dramatically improving her perception of light and color and significantly affecting her artwork.

Thomas Jefferson University announced a $20 million gift from Vickie and Jack Farber to expand a center for neurological research the donors helped establish 14 years ago, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The couple's $10 million lead gift paved the way for the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience to open in 2002. Thomas Jefferson officials said the new funding will be used to hire new clinical leaders and add laboratories devoted to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and stroke-related research. Mr. and Ms. Farber both serve in board roles at the university.