University of Chicago Receives $44 Million Bequest

The University of Chicago has announced a $44 million bequest from alumna Renee Granville-Grossman (AB'63).

The largest estate gift in UChicago history will fund the expansion of the university's South Campus Residence Hall, which will be renamed the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. Opened in 2009, the 331,193-square-foot building is the university's largest residence hall, housing more than eight hundred students. With the goal of building a vibrant, densely integrated campus culture, the Granville-Grossman building will be joined by a major residence hall on the north end of campus that is slated to open in 2016.

Born Renee Rupert, Granville-Grossman graduated from Chicago in 1963, attended Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City, and taught elementary school before becoming a stockbroker. In 1981, she married British real estate developer and art collector Leonard I. Granville-Grossman and moved to London. Art collecting remained her passion after her husband's death and her return to New York. Granville-Grossman died in 2012.

"Renee Granville-Grossman's experience of the college, and her response through this bequest, will help ensure that we can provide and enhance the distinctive opportunities of the college for future generations," said University of Chicago president Robert J. Zimmer. "We are pleased to be able to honor her and commemorate that inter-generational link by naming this important facility for her."

"Major UChicago Residence Hall Named for College Alumna Renee Granville-Grossman." University of Chicago Press Release 01/29/2015.