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Pitzer Participant - Winter 2005
$3 Million Gift Honors Kenneth S.
and Jean M. Pitzer
Pitzer College Trustee Emeritus Peter Gold and his wife, Gloria, committed their generous $3-million gift to Pitzer College in honor of two significant members of the Pitzer community: Kenneth S. and Jean M. Pitzer. The naming gift is for the third residence hall in the first phase of Pitzer College’s Residential Life project and will be known as the Kenneth S. and Jean M. Pitzer Hall.
Kenneth and Jean Pitzer continued in the philanthropic tradition of Pitzer College founder Russell K. Pitzer. They provided support for the Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professorship, the Jean M. Pitzer Archaeology Laboratory and the Jean M. and Kenneth S. Pitzer Annual Scholarship. Following their death, a generous bequest endowed the Kenneth S. Pitzer Professorship and the Jean M. Pitzer Professorship. Recently, the Pitzer Family Foundation endowed the Annual Scholarship that Kenneth and Jean began funding in the early days of the College.
Kenneth S. Pitzer, the eldest son of Russell K. Pitzer, served the College as a member of the Board of Trustees, joining the Board in 1966, just three years after the founding of the College. Pitzer remained an active trustee until 1983 and a life trustee until his death in 1997. His distinguished lifetime achievement through science, education, administration, public service and philanthropy makes him truly deserving of this honor. His illustrious career included presidency of Stanford University and Rice University and Dean of the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Kenneth S. Pitzer was recognized with many prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Chemists, and the Robert A. Welch Award.
“We want the students who live in the residence halls that bear the Pitzer name to get to know the inspirational example of a life well lived and of the multigenerational support of an extraordinary family,” President Laura Skandera Trombley said. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to acknowledge what they have accomplished for the College.”
This will be the first building at the College to bear the Pitzer name. The Pitzer family provided funding for the Pitzer Auditorium at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pitzer Hall at Claremont McKenna College and the Pitzer Lodge at Pilgrim Place in Claremont.