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$5.5 million donation funds history professorship, Life Sciences auditorium at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 06/23/08 • Media Contact: Sue Knapp • (603) 646-3661

Two gifts totaling $5.5 million from Kathy and Rick Kimball, Class of 1978, will advance teaching and learning at Dartmouth, funding important academic priorities in the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience. One gift will create an endowed chair in history, the other an auditorium in the new Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center.

Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, view from the north
A gift from Kathy and Rick Kimball, Class of 1978, will support a professorship at Dartmouth and an auditorium in the new Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, pictured here in a rendering from architects Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson.

The John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professorship Fund will honor Rick's father, who majored in history at Dartmouth and received a degree from the Tuck School of Business in 1944. Mr. Kimball was a Marine Corps fighter pilot in both World War II and Korea. He achieved early prominence and recognition as assistant counsel to the Army at the famous televised Army-McCarthy Hearings, which effectively ended the career of Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was a long-time partner at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr and served the town of Topsfield, Mass., as its town moderator for more than thirty years. The Arvo J. Oopik, M.D. '78 Auditorium will be a 200-seat tiered smart classroom, named for Rick's classmate. Dr. Oopik was a cardiologist with the Indian Health Service, and the lead cardiologist for a major study of heart disease in Indian communities. In 1994, he and two colleagues died tragically in a plane crash on their way to a North Dakota reservation.

"We are so grateful to Kathy and Rick Kimball for these wonderful gifts. Their generosity honors the past as it looks to the future," said Dartmouth President James Wright. "These gifts celebrate the lives and careers of two great Dartmouth graduates, while at the same time ensuring that the education that helped nurture their good works in the world outside Hanover will be just as strong and relevant for another generation of students."

Rick Kimball is a founding general partner of Technology Crossover Ventures in Palo Alto, Calif. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1983, as did Kathy Kimball, who formerly worked in the treasurer's office at the University of California. Kathy and Rick serve on the President's Leadership Council at Dartmouth. They are generous donors to the Dartmouth College Fund and to financial aid, having endowed the John Kimball Jr. 1943 Scholarship Fund and the Mark L. Walker '78 Memorial Scholarship Fund.

"This gift helps us succeed at two of the most important aspects of our mission," said Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt. "Endowed professorships honor accomplishments of our distinguished faculty, and the new auditorium provides a wonderful place for faculty and students to come together for innovative teaching and learning."

The John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professorship will be held by a faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a preference for the teaching of American or European history. Other endowed chairs that have been publicly announced during the campaign include the Evans Family Distinguished Professorship, the Dartmouth Professorship of Biological Sciences, the Richard and Jane Pearl Professorship in Environmental Studies, the Sherman Fairchild Professorships in Emerging Fields, the Neukom Professorship in Computwational Science, the Clements Professorship in Politics and Democracy, and the Hansen Professorship for Teaching and Scholarship.

The Arvo J. Oopik, M.D. '78 Auditorium will be a major feature of the new Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, which will be a national model of sustainable design with spaces devoted to undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching and research. Other notable features include a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse, a two-story atrium for "science in sight" gallery displays, a "sorghum and grasses green roof" to help keep the building cool, and a storm water management system that will reuse one million gallons of rain water annually. Pending approval from the Hanover Planning Board, the foundation work will begin in November. Occupancy is planned for March 2010.

The gift is part of the College's Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience, the most ambitious fund-raising initiative in Dartmouth's history. With a $1.3 billion goal, the campaign is seeking investment in four initiatives: to advance leading-edge teaching and scholarship; to enhance residential and campus life; to honor its commitment to making education accessible in the undergraduate college; and to raise unrestricted dollars. The campaign is institution wide, embracing its undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences and its three professional schools, Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, and Dartmouth Medical School.

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