Pomona College in Claremont, California, has announced a $23.3 million gift — the second-largest in its history — from the estate of Frank R. Seaver. The gift will be used to support a $40 million expansion of the college's Seaver Science Center, including a complete renovation of the Seaver Laboratory for Biology and Geology, which was originally constructed in 1959.
Seaver, who graduated from Pomona College in 1905 with a degree in biology and studied law at Harvard, was the first president of the school's Associated Student Body, a president of the Alumni Association, and a member of the college's board of trustees from 1947 until his death in 1964. In 1933, he founded the Hydril Company, a manufacturing and marketing company for the oil and gas industry.
"This project is consistent with the legacy of Frank R. Seaver and the tradition he established in providing optimum facilities for a superior science curriculum at Pomona College," said Victoria Seaver Dean, president of the Seaver Institute, which administers the trust of the Seaver estate.