The University of Southern California has announced a $10 million gift from trustee Malcolm Currie and his wife, Barbara, in support of the university's medical school and to construct a new bioscience center on its health sciences campus.
The gift will bolster the endowment of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and support construction of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience. Scheduled for completion in 2017, the Michelson Center is expected to be a catalyst for biomedical research in Los Angeles. In recognition of the gift, a new residence hall scheduled to open in 2016 and the lobby of the Michelson Center will be named in honor of the Curries.
An engineering physicist who served as director of defense research and engineering at the Pentagon and later chair and CEO of Hughes Aircraft, Malcolm Currie has been a member of the USC board of trustees since 1989 and served as its chair from 1995 to 2000. Longtime supporters of the university, the Curries endowed the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities in 2008. Barbara Currie is the founder and chair of the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse, a nonprofit organization devoted to that breed's protection and promotion.
"The Trojan Family will be forever grateful to Mal and Barbara for their leadership, generosity, and commitment to our university," said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. "Their outstanding support of USC’s medical research and education has done so much to transform Los Angeles into a vibrant center for biomedical innovations and has kept the university at the very fore of this growth."