University of California, San Francisco Receives $48 Million Bequest

The University of California, San Francisco has announced a $48 million bequest from the estate of longtime donor Nina Ireland in support of its Pulmonary and Critical Care Division.

The largest gift ever made to the school will support UCSF's efforts to study and treat a host of complex pulmonary conditions, including interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Led by UCSF professor of medicine and surgery Jeffrey A. Golden, the school's pulmonary and critical care division provides comprehensive medical care for the community, develops innovative research aimed at elucidating basic mechanisms of the disease, and offers clinical initiatives and training opportunities for the next generation of academic physician-scientists.

Ireland, who passed away on October 7 at the age of 67, supported the university for three decades. Over the years, her gifts enabled UCSF to establish the Nina Ireland Laboratory of Developmental Biology, the Nina Ireland Distinguished Professorship in Pulmonary Medicine, and the Nina Ireland Distinguished Professorship in Child Psychiatry.

"We are profoundly grateful for Ms. Ireland's extraordinary generosity to UCSF," said School of Medicine dean Sam Hawgood. "Her sustained investment in this institution has led to pioneering advances in human health and her final contribution promises to bring about fundamental progress in the field of pulmonary medicine."

"UCSF Receives Largest Estate Gift in Its History." University of California, San Francisco Press Release 02/28/2011.