University of Southern California Receives $35 Million Gift for School of Dentistry

The University of Southern California has announced a $35 million gift for its school of dentistry.

According to dean Avishai Sadan, the gift will enable the school to renovate and improve clinical facilities, bring in new faculty members, continue to support dental and craniofacial research, enhance service programs in downtown Los Angeles, and attract and retain the best students. In recognition of what is believed to be the largest individual gift to a dentistry school in the United States, the school will be renamed the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

Ostrow, who earned his D.D.S. from USC in 1945, spent seventeen years practicing dentistry, including both private practice and service in the Army Dental Corps, before delving into the Los Angeles construction and real estate market.

"This magnificent gift will be a powerful catalyst for innovations and improvements in human health, and for building on USC's long tradition of leadership in dentistry," said USC president Steven B. Sample. "Since the school's founding in 1897, USC's dental programs have contributed significantly to oral health in our region, our nation, and the world by educating the best practitioners, by advancing scientific research, and by providing dental care to underserved members of our community."

"Herman Ostrow Donates $35 Million to USC School of Dentistry." University of Southern California Press Release 01/20/2010.