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  • the late Adolph Baller

    Summer 2013 Highlights in Giving

    LESSON LEARNED: University trustee and former radiology professor Bill Brody, MD '70, PhD '72, used to take piano lessons from Stanford lecturer Adolph Baller (1909–1994) (above), an internationally renowned pianist who fled Poland in 1938 after Nazis crushed his hands. As Bing Concert Hall neared completion, Brody created a matching fund of $50,000 to honor his former teacher—a mentor to hundreds of piano students at Stanford and beyond. "I cannot imagine a more appropriate way to memorialize Adolph's indelible mark upon the artistic community at Stanford," says Brody. Other donors have joined in to create an endowment totaling $100,000 for student performances in the hall, with a goal to reach $250,000. PHOTO: Chuck Painter / Stanford News Service


  • Stanford Class of 1982

    Summer 2013 Highlights in Giving

    TWO ALUMS CELEBRATE THREE DECADES: Tina, '82, and Jeff Bird, '82, MD '86, PhD '88 (Parents '17), gave $1 million in honor of their 30th reunion, which Jeff co-chaired last fall. In addition to supporting scholarships and medical school initiatives, they are providing funding for a new course available to freshmen and sophomores called "Designing Your Stanford," developed by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford and fashioned after the very successful "Designing Your Life" offered to seniors. The Birds are interested in expanding access for undergraduates to the, which is mainly focused on graduate students. PHOTO: Katie Githens


  • Barbara and Bill Edwards, '50

    Summer 2013 Highlights in Giving

    BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE:  In January, Bill Edwards, '50, pledged $1 million to the Biological and Chemical Engineering Building, the fourth and final structure in the Science & Engineering Quad. The 200,000-square-foot building will open in fall 2014, with a large terrace on the second floor named in honor of Bill and his wife, Barbara. By placing bioengineering and chemical engineering side by side, the new building will hasten new pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and renewable energy technologies.


  • the Hamamoto family

    Summer 2013 Highlights in Giving

    PICTURE PERFECT: David, '81, and Marty Hamamoto, parents of Mia, '10, and Neil, '15, have provided the naming gift for the photography suite in the McMurtry Building. When it opens in 2015, the 9,000-square-foot building will bring the entire Department of Art & Art History under one roof for the first time. 

  • the Patterson Building dedication

    Summer 2013 Highlights in Giving

    PATTERSON DEDICATION: Friends and family dedicated the William J. Patterson Building at the Graduate School of Business in March 2013. An effort led by Sandy Dean, MBA '90; John Fisher, MBA '89 (Parent '13, '14); Chris Mahowald, MBA '89 (Parent '16); and Charlie Pollnow, MBA '89, raised more than $11 million from 78 donors in memory of distinguished alumnus Bill Patterson, MBA '89. The naming of the building also recognizes their gifts to the Center for Social Innovation, Public Management Program, and other initiatives aligned with Patterson's passion for giving back to the community and the environment. PHOTO: Steve Castillo


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