September 27, 2002
Top 12 gifts to Purdue University
Eight of the top 12 gifts to Purdue University have been awarded in the past year. The top 12 gifts are:
$116.1 million of software, an in-kind gift from Partners for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education (PACE), an alliance involving General Motors Corp., Sun Microsystems and EDS. PACE donated 1,205 computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software packages identical to those used by General Motors in automotive design. The largest corporate gift in Purdue history, it will benefit faculty and students involved with analysis, design and manufacturing classes in the Purdue School of Technology and Schools of Engineering.
$52.5 million from Indianapolis business and civic leader William E. Bindley. Of that, $7.5 million will cover half the construction cost for a new bioscience research center at Purdue's Discovery Park. The gift is the largest by a single individual in Purdue history. Most of the money $45 million is a deferred gift to fund endowments for faculty chairs, student scholarships and fellowships, and academic programs.
$37.496 million in securities from an anonymous donor in 1991 to fund an endowment that primarily funds graduate student fellowships.
$30 million from Michael and Katherine (Kay) Birck for the Birck Nanotechnology Center. The Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex also is named for the couple in recognition of their $3 million donation. They also were major contributors to Purdue's new aquatic center. Michael Birck, a member of the Purdue Board of Trustees, received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1960 and a master's in electrical engineering from New York University in 1962. He helped found Tellabs Inc. in 1975, was its president and chief executive officer for more than 25 years and is now the company's chairman. The Bircks live in Hinsdale, Ill., where Kay Birck is head of nursing at Women's Healthcare of Hinsdale. Gift announced Sept. 7, 2001.
$26.8 million in stock from John S. Wright Trust, which funded an endowment to promote forestry and botany efforts. Wright, a researcher for Eli Lilly and Co., left the securities in a 1964 bequest. Purdue assumed stewardship of the securities when the last of his designated survivors died in 1995.
Almost $26 million from Lilly Endowment for Discovery Park. Gift announced Oct. 25, 2001.
$21 million in timberland to the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources from the estate of Fred van Eck, a New York financier who was impressed with Purdue's hardwood tree research, even though he never visited the campus. Gift announced Oct. 1, 2001.
A gift of patents for insecticides from DuPont to the Department of Entomology. Gift announced Sept. 9, 2001.
$13 million from Donald and Carol Scifres for the Birck Nanotechnology Center. Donald Scifres earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1968 and a doctoral degree in electrical engineering in 1972 from the University of Illinois. Carol Scifres is a 1969 Purdue graduate. Both are natives of West Lafayette and now live in California. He is co-chairman of the board and chief strategy officer of JDS Uniphase Corp., an optical communications company with home offices in San Jose, Calif., and Ottawa, Canada. Gift announced Sept. 7, 2001.
$10 million from 1968 Krannert alumnus Jerry S. Rawls for building the Krannert School of Management's new Rawls Hall, a $32 million building to be constructed across the street from the existing Krannert Building, at the corner of State and Grant streets. Rawls is president, chief executive officer and director of Finisar Corp. in Sunnyvale, Calif. Gift announced May 4, 2000.
$10.5 million from Florence E. Perry to create the endowed William E. and Florence E. Perry Chair of Mechanical Engineering in memory of her husband, William, a 1938 mechanical engineering alumnus. Gift announced Sept. 21, 2001.
$10 million from 1947 chemical engineering graduates Robert and Marilyn Forney for the expansion of the School of Chemical Engineering. Robert Forney retired in 1989 as executive vice president of DuPont, and Marilyn Forney has spent the past 20 years offering expertise in the construction of more than 800 low-income housing units for the elderly and disabled in Delaware and Pennsylvania. They live in Unionville, Pa. Gift announced Sept. 6, 2000.