Meet Our Donors

James Ong and Linda Tseng-OngCouple's Shared Story of Success and Generosity Includes UC San Diego
Linda Tseng-Ong and James Ong’s individual narratives of immigrating to the United States in their teens offer two portraits of the American dream. By chance, UC San Diego played a part in their shared story of accomplishment, appreciation and generosity.
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Lois YuHolding the Door Open for Girls Who Take Up the Challenge
Lois Yu is a champion for young women considering a career in science, technology, engineering or math — the STEM fields, telling them, “When you’re different, you have to continually prove yourself.” She has experienced both being overlooked and singled out unfairly as a result of being the only or one of the only women on staff. So why would she encourage anyone to pursue such a future?
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David GubserQuiet Maverick
Dave Gubser is a trailblazer, and surprised about it. When he established endowments through his estate plans to support the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) communities at both UC San Diego and San Diego State, “they told me no one had ever done this before.”
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Jenny KallisSupporter Discovers Giving as Bridge to the Future
Jenny Kallis came to the realization that her 1920s Venice home and office could not only be a nest for today, but also a way to leave a positive mark on the planet tomorrow.
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Smart Giving: Accessible to Everyone
Meet Esther Mayfield, a saavy philanthropist who supports UC San Diego because of its long-term capability to fulfill a donor’s vision.
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Cinda LucasDonor Spotlight: Cinda Lucas
It’s not uncommon for grateful patients to maintain a connection with the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center after being treated by the center’s outstanding healthcare team. It’s less common to find grateful strangers like Cinda K. Lucas, whose involvement with Moores began with a phone conversation in 1983 with Dr. Mark Green, the soon-to-be executive director of the cancer center.
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Barbara BaehrDonor Spotlight: Barbara Baehr
At the age of 96, Barbara Baehr has led an adventurous life. Her heart and mind has always brought her back to medicine and education, which is why she supports scholars in UC San Diego's MD/PhD program, and international students in particular.
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Jimmy ThaiKeeping the American Dream Alive at UC San Diego
As Jimmy Thai '90 was leaving The Preuss School UCSD after giving a presentation to a roomful of teens, a student approached him and said, "Mr. Thai, thank you so much; you really gave me hope. I'll remember this talk for the rest of my life."
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Marty WinklerDonor Spotlight: Marty Winkler
It's been more than 50 years but Marty Winkler, MS '68 Engineering, can still tell you the name of the donor who helped make it possible for him to attend Cornell University.
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Judy MooreDonor Spotlight: Judy Moore
When someone fixes your broken heart, you want to give something back – or forward. This is where Judy Moore stands, and because of it, she will help many hearts get the special care they need.
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David and Margaret EngelDonor Spotlight: David and Margaret Engel
There are countless people who, having served in the Navy in San Diego, try to figure out how to get back here. David and Margaret Engel are among those who succeeded, and are grateful for the circumstances that enabled them to do so.
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Mercedes and George KurthDonor Spotlight: Mercedes and George Kurth
It's been quite a tour of major medical centers for the Kurths in recent years, covering a stage-four tumor to a double bypass, with a diabetes scare and painful tendonitis thrown in. No wonder they’re so cheerful!
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Maggie and Clint SpanglerDonor Spotlight: Maggie and Clint Spangler
In the late '80s, when UC San Diego’s academic and research trajectory was on a sure and steep rise, the university was still finding its voice with the community. Newly arrived La Jolla residents Clint and Maggie Spangler (whose son graduated from UC San Diego) nudged it a bit by contacting the university to set up a charitable remainder trust.
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Heather HasteyA Good Break
Just five months after stepping out as an independent wealth advisor in 2013, Heather Hastey found herself on the bathroom floor one evening, staring at a wrist so thoroughly shattered from a fall that she nearly passed out twice making her way to the phone.
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Romero familyThe Legacy of a Happy Boy
Seizures in children have many causes and many faces. Joseph Romero was dealt the full deck of a wide range of seizures. But UC San Diego provided Joseph with the best care.
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Michael EstradaLife-Changing Event Inspires Gift to UC San Diego
A health scare prompted Michael Estrada ’79 to make a gift to support UC San Diego's Alternative Breaks program.
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Lois Chant$1.25 Million Legacy Gift Boosts UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance
Teachers often inspire students, but students can move teachers, too. Such was the case during a recent visit to UC San Diego's Department of Theatre and Dance by long-time educator and arts supporter Lois Chant.
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James KaplanPaying It Forward
Read how one alumnus gives back to UC San Diego.
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Irving TragenDonor Spotlight: Irving Tragen
To Irving Tragen, distinguished diplomat and Latin American expert, it makes perfect sense that the long and varied road he has traveled over the course of a 55-year career should lead to UC San Diego.
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Jim LinProviding a Sense of Belonging for All Students, Now and in the Future
UC San Diego Math Professor Jim Lin is "living the dream of education." The son of Chinese immigrants, Dr. Lin credits the University of California with preparing him for success as a professor and for giving him a platform to help bridge cultural divides with many groundbreaking programs, not only for his math students, but for the entire university population.
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Alice Goldfarb Marquis, Ph.D.Alumna Bequest Ensures Library Benefits for Future Scholars
When Alice Goldfarb Marquis, Ph.D., an accomplished writer, historian and alumna of UC San Diego, left $1.1 million to support the UC San Diego Libraries, her gift became the largest bequest ever to the Libraries.
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Esther MayfieldSmart Giving: Not Just for the Wealthy
Esther Mayfield is a pragmatic philanthropist. For her, charitable remainder trusts and annuities make so much sense all around that she'll take you under her wing immediately as a potential convert.
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A. Nash WilliamsFlying Samaritan Endows a Legacy of Low Income Health Care
Although he was not a medical doctor, A. Nash Williams certainly knew about health care. That's because he had been involved with The Flying Samaritans since 1968.
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Elaine AntoniukChanneling Her Passion to Support Education
Universities are magnets for the curious, the explorers. "We've always been involved with universities, wherever we lived," said Elaine Antoniuk, describing how she and her late husband, Stephen, left their home in Alberta, Canada, to live in places as far-flung as Iran and Chicago, Oklahoma and London, Wyoming and San Diego.
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Curtis AbbottMaking UC San Diego a Family Affair
Many UC San Diego alumni remember the campus in the same way that Curtis Abbott does: up on a hill surrounded by eucalyptus.
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Devendra LalGiving Students the Power to Change the World
Devendra Lal first visited the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego as a post—doc in 1958 and spent the next 50 years of contributing to basic research there.
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Nori and Stanley FaerImpacting the Future Through Gift Planning
"When Nori and I married," said Stanley Faer, "I warned her that we would eventually move to San Diego." In 2003, he made good on his word when the two left Manhattan and set up house in Valley Center.
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Lois and Francis HamerskyYou Don't Have to Be Wealthy to Make a Difference
If anyone knows the value of a dollar—and what it means to make a gift of one's hard—earned money—it is someone who has gone through the Great Depression. Lois and Francis Hamersky qualify on both counts. The Imperial Beach residents—who are generous donors to UC San Diego—endured the most tumultuous economic period in American history.
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Susan PapanekHelp Future UC San Diego College Students by Planning Today
Susan Papanek, who received her bachelor's degree from UC San Diego in 1975, is now a vice president of a software company in Carlsbad. Susan recently became a member of the York Society through a planned gift to UC San Diego.
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Bee and Kurt ShulerThe Right Chemistry
Dr. Kurt and Bee Shuler have wonderful stories of UC San Diego that go back to 1967, when he was lured away from his position as Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland to chair the Chemistry Department at this fledgling university.
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Ilse WarschawskiFaculty Gifts Ensure a Lasting Legacy
Ilse Warschawski left more than $1 million, through her estate, to UC San Diego, in honor of her late husband and founder of the university's department of mathematics, Stefan (Steve) Warschawski.
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Donald WilkieLeaving an Endowment Legacy
Donald Wilkie, director of the Birch Aquarium for 30 years, decided to make his relationship with the aquarium permanent when he became a member of the York Society through a charitable gift annuity to benefit the aquarium's endowment fund.
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Trude Kahn Hollander, M.D.Vision of the Future: A Retired Physician Creates a Legacy at the Shiley Eye Center
Trude Kahn Hollander, M.D., is a longtime friend of the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center, a friendship that began in the late 1990s when she received treatment there.
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