Roy and Diana Vagelos (photo) have taken their donation efforts further uptown with a $50 million gift to the Columbia University Medical Center to support the construction of a new building for medical and graduate education.
The major gift is the largest received for CUMC’s fundraising campaign, the University said Monday morning.
Greek Roy Vagelos, an alumnus of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Diana Vagelos, BC ’55, are known in Morningside for their $15 million donation to Barnard’s new student center, now called the Diana Center.
“The new medical education building will ensure that Columbia continues to produce superior doctors and researchers trained in the latest techniques, as medicine continues to evolve rapidly throughout the 21st century,” said University President Lee Bollinger in an email announcing the gift.
“Roy and Diana’s generosity of spirit is truly inspirational. Generations of future medical and graduate students will benefit from their support and vision for Columbia,” the email said.
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