The Libraries have received two major gifts in the name of donors who are familiar to many at UCI: Ralph W. Gerard, one of UCI’s founding Deans, and Sylvia Holden Robb, a dedicated supporter of UCI research and the Libraries for over 20 years.
The Ralph W. Gerard Reading Room was named last May in recognition of a gift from the Ralph W. & Leona B. Gerard Family Trust. Dr. Gerard, who died in 1974, was a revered neurophysiologist and behavioral scientist, known for his wide-ranging work on the nervous system, psycho-pharmacology, and the biological bases of schizophrenia. At the pinnacle of his career, he served as Founding Dean of the Graduate Division from 1963 to 1970 and Professor of Biological Sciences. The Ralph W. Gerard Library Endowed Fund will provide support to maintain and enhance the excellence of the Libraries’ collections, services, and facilities.
A second gift was received from the estate of the late Sylvia Holden Robb. Mrs. Robb, who died in 2006 at the age of 97, was a dedicated and generous supporter of the Libraries for over 20 years. Her many gifts to the Libraries include the naming of the Roger C. Holden Graduate and Faculty Reading Room in Langson Library and the establishment of the Sylvia Holden Robb Library Collections Fund. This latest gift establishes the Sylvia Holden Robb Library Endowed Fund, which provides general support to the Libraries.
These two important gifts create a permanent legacy of the impact these thoughtful donors have had on research and instruction at UCI. Dr. Gerard and Mrs. Robb were dedicated to supporting scholarship and learning, and they understood the vital role the Libraries play in the impressive research and teaching taking place at UCI. Their gifts help ensure the continuing excellence of the Libraries.
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