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$10 Million Gift from Floren Family Supports New Varsity House

Douglas C. Floren '63 and his family have made a $10 million gift to Dartmouth to support the construction of a new $19.5 million varsity facility to be named the Floren Varsity House. The building, now taking shape to the east of Memorial Field, will provide varsity athletes with a 10,000-square-foot varsity strength-training center, a 130-person "smart" classroom, meeting rooms, football locker room and equipment facilities, and offices for football, baseball, and two women's sports.

Livvy and Douglas Floren '63
Livvy and Douglas Floren '63 (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

"Dartmouth's outstanding scholar-athletes will benefit greatly from Doug Floren's generosity," says President James Wright. "Doug knows from his days as a varsity athlete, when he captained the men's tennis team, the importance of first-rate facilities. He made a significant gift to the award-winning Alexis Boss Tennis Center and Alan D. Gordon Pavilion, which opened in 2000. Once again, Doug has addressed a College priority by providing funding for another valuable resource for our coaches and athletes with this tremendous gift."

The new Varsity House, slated for completion in fall 2007, will overlook Memorial and Red Rolfe Fields. In preparation for construction, the east stands were reduced and redesigned to comply with safety and accessibility codes. Seating has been added to the end zone for a total capacity of 13,000 seats.

Floren is the cofounder and managing partner of DCF Capital, a hedge fund based in Greenwich, Conn. His wife, Olivia ("Livvy"), is a Republican state representative whose district includes Greenwich and Stamford. They have four children-Jennifer '93; Melissa, Princeton Class of 1996; David '01; and Clay, Stanford Class of 2001. In addition to their support of Dartmouth athletics, the Florens have provided funding in the arts and sciences to benefit faculty and students.

"The new Varsity House symbolizes Dartmouth's strong commitment to intercollegiate sports and to our 900 varsity student-athletes," says Joann "Josie" Harper, director of athletics and recreation. "Our coaches do a great deal of teaching, and the new classrooms will make that even more effective. The facility will also create a terrific strength-training environment for all our varsity teams, moving us to the forefront of the Ivy League."

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Last Updated: 5/30/08