Part of the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign, the bequest from the David Dobrow Trust to establish the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund is expected to provide the school with nearly $500,000 in income annually. In his will, Dobrow specified that the funds be used to support classical music performances. Word of the gift arrived just five weeks after the University of California Regents formally established the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, which was established in 2007 with a $30 million gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation and had been operating within the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.
A Los Angeles native, Dobrow attended UCLA from 1946 to 1949 as a pre-med major. He went on to earn a medical degree from UC San Francisco and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While serving at Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany, he met his future wife, Irmgard. Dobrow, who took up the trumpet and acquired an extensive collection of classical music recordings, died in 2013 at the age of 85. His wife died in 2006.
"The extraordinary generosity of Dr. Dobrow and his wife, Dr. Irmgard Dobrow, will allow us to enhance our performances of classical music while maintaining our balanced commitment to multiple musical genres that is the foundation of our mission," said Judith Smith, the interim dean of the music school. "At the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, we are dedicated to the scholarship of music and music-making in all of its diverse forms, including Western classical music, world music, jazz, and popular music."