Thanks A Million 1999: More than $10 million
Philanthropists who gave more than $10 million.
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AUDREY JONES BECK
Houston, $80 million
Forty-seven Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings valued at an estimated $80 MILLION to the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON. The paintings, which include works by Cézanne, Monet, and Renoir, have been on display at the museum since 1974 along with 23 others previously donated by Mrs. Beck and her late husband, John. Mrs. Beck is the daughter of the late Jesse Jones, who founded Houston Endowment, Texas’ largest philanthropic foundation.
HENRY B. AND PATRICIA TIPPIE
Austin, $30 million
$30 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, in Iowa City, Iowa—the largest individual gift ever made to the university—to endow its College of Business Administration, which will be renamed the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. An Iowa native and an alumnus of the university, Mr. Tippie is the vice chairman of Rollins Truck Leasing Corporation in Austin.
JOE R. AND TERESA LOZANO LONG
Austin, $26.2 million
$20 MILLION to ARTS CENTER STAGE, in Austin—the largest gift to the arts in the city’s history—to help renovate Palmer Auditorium into a multi-venue performing arts center, which will be renamed the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Long, a retired lawyer and banker fondly remembers hearing Arturo Toscanini conduct the New York Philharmonic on the campus of his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, nearly fifty years ago.
$6.2 million to the University of Texas at Austin for scholarships andprofessorships. Mrs. Long is also a UT-Austin graduate.
ROBERT C. AND JANICE MCNAIR
Houston, $17.5 million
$17.5 MILLION to RICE UNIVERSITY, in Houston, to fund programs at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management. Mr. McNair is the franchise holder for Houston’s new NFL team. In 1999 he sold the company he founded, Cogen Technologies, to Enron Corporation for $1.4 billion.
LOUISE HERRINGTON ORNELAS
Tyler, $13 million
$13 MILLION to the BAYLOR SCHOOL OF NURSING, in Dallas, which will be renamed the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Mrs. Ornelas is a co-founder of TCA Cable.
LEE AND RAMONA BASS
Fort Worth, $12 million
$12 MILLION to the FORT WORTH ZOO to help develop an eight-acre habitat that will be home to bobcats, roadrunners, horned toads, and other Texas species. Mrs. Bass is a co-chair of the zoo’s board.
MORT AND ANGELA TOPFER
Austin, $11 million
$5 MILLION to ARTS CENTER STAGE, in Austin, to help transform Palmer Auditorium into the Long Center for the Performing Arts. “When we moved here five years ago, Austin was a detour on the road to retirement,” says Mrs. Topfer, whose husband is a director at Dell Computer. “Now we know that it’s the place we want to live for the rest of our lives. This gift is our way of thanking the city for welcoming us.”
$3 MILLION to the AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART to create an acquisition endowment in Mrs. Topfer’s name.
$2 MILLION to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN to fund programming at the Performing Arts Center.
$1 MILLION to the SETON HEALTHCARE NETWORK, in Austin, for the construction of the Seton Topfer Healthcare Clinic.