The following donors have made lifetime gifts of $1 million and greater. Their philanthropy has transformed our campus and impacted the lives of generations of students.
$5 million or more
James D. '42 & Lin Burke (P '69)
Col. John S. Rogers USAF '59 and The Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation
Few people or events have had the powerful impact that Jim ’42 and Lin Burke have had on Webb. The Burke’s leadership gift to Webb came in the form of a family cabin on a lake. The cabin and surrounding property were sold for over $6 million, making the Burkes’ gift the largest in Webb’s history. With the proceeds of that sale, Webb has built the Copeland Donahue Theater in 2008, the first new construction of an academic building since 1987. In addition to the theater, Jim and Lin’s gift will continue a family legacy of giving back by providing financial aid to deserving students.
During the past two decades, Col. John ’59 and June Rogers and the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation have transformed the lives of Webb students. Through the Mary Stuart Rogers Endowed Scholarship and the Raymond M. Alf Peccary Society Chair, more than 185 students have received financial aid and the opportunity of a Webb education. In addition to his dedication to growing the schools’ endowment. Col. Rogers has supported capital projects, such as the Mary Stuart Rogers Sports Center and Faculty Field.
$2.5 million or more
Robert A. Hefner III '53
Avery McCarthy '52
Robert Hefner’s gifts have been focused on supporting faculty and unbounded thinking, and in 1998 he established The Raymond M. Alf Inspirational and Unbounded Teaching Chair in Science. This endowed fund ensures the schools’ ability to attract and retain a teacher of Raymond Alf’s caliber. He also established an endowment for Excellence in Science and endowed the Unbounded Thinkers Symposium with the goal of inspiring Webb students to explore new opportunities.
Avery McCarthy’s gifts to Webb have revolved around enhancing technology in the library and funding new technology in classrooms. In addition to the McCarthy Collaborative Learning Lab established in 2000, Avery has helped to fund new software programs and licenses for computer labs and dormitories.
Estate of David J. '37 and Virginia E. Pinkham (P '65)
In 2000, Webb received over $4 million from a charitable trust set up by David ’37 (1919-1998) and Virginia Pinkham. Their gift was used in part for construction projects, faculty development, and programs that will help the schools continue to promote the character of its students.
$1 million or more
The Ahmanson Foundation
A pre-eminent Southern California institution, The Ahmanson Foundation has partnered with Webb in many of the schools’ finest achievements, from yearly support of deserving students through its Pre-Collegiate Scholarship Program to funding for a faculty endowment fund, Webb’s technology infrastructure and the Ahmanson Lecture Hall.
Gretchen Augustyn P'89 & Family
A former Webb trustee and current Alf Museum trustee, Gretchen Augustyn P '89 and her family endowed the salary of the Curator at the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology and also created a fund to support the Curator's research work with students and the scientific community.
John M. Bryan '43
Over his lifetime, Mr. Bryan’s contributions have touched several areas of The Webb Schools ranging from scholarship endowment and The Webb Fund, to the campus master plan and capital improvements such as the student quad area.
Yan Cheung and Ming Chung Liu (P '10)
Mr. Liu and Mrs. Cheung, parents of Ken Liu ’10, have made the lead gift towards the new Performing Arts Center. They have also generously supported major dorm renovations including the historic Alamo renovation in 2009.
The Crean FoundationJames E. Drasdo '63
In 2007, the Crean Foundation established a scholarship to support financial aid for deserving students. The Crean Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund was made possible in part by parent and Crean Foundation board member, Susan Thomas P '05, '09.
Focusing mainly on unrestricted contributions to The Webb Fund, James Drasdo has supported Webb in a variety of ways, always dedicated to the highest priority of the schools. James chaired Webb’s Building Character campaign which raised over $22 million. He also made a leadership gift to help establish the Les and Barbara Perry Faculty Enrichment Fund.
The Fawcett Family
David Fawcett ’61 arrived at Webb in the fall of 1958, and the generosity of his family, especially his parents, W. Russell Fawcett and Priscilla Damon Fawcett, has been felt faithfully on campus every year since. Among the family’s larger gifts are Webb’s stately, octagonal W. Russell Fawcett Library and a bequest to complete renovations to the Jameson Dormitory. Dave has been a member of the Webb faculty for 34 years and, along with his wife, math teacher Diane Wilsdon, has quietly and thoughtfully enriched the lives of thousands of Webb students through his wisdom and support.Charline E. and Michael T. Gallagher (P '07, '09)
Michael and Charline Gallagher have been instrumental in supporting Webb’s campus master plan. Their gifts have supported the Kirkhill Dorm renovation, the campus turn-around and the reconstruction of the student quad area. The Gallaghers, parents of Candace ’07 and Michael ’09, have focused their support on improving the living spaces on campus in an effort to provide the best living environment possible for all Webb students.Clifford S. Heinz, Jr. '37 and the C.S. Heinz Foundation
In 1997, the Clifford S. Heinz ’37 Ethical Education Program was established to augment the work of Webb’s student-run Honor committees, its curriculum and athletic programs. In 2000 and 2001, Cliff Heinz challenged the Webb community and matched dollar for dollar gifts made to The Webb Fund in support of character development and ethical education. Gifts from Cliff and the C.S. Heinz Foundation have been directed to many areas of the schools, including the Raymond M. Alf Museum, faculty housing, endowment, and The Webb Fund.Charles E. Scripps '37 (1920-2007)
Scion of the legendary media company and board chairman of the E.W. Scripps Company for more than four decades, Charles Scripps was also a proud and stalwart supporter of Webb. He was a founding trustee and returned to the board in the 1980s. His munificent gifts throughout the years have provided support where needed most; perhaps none was more important than his $1,000,000 gift to the 1990s Building Character campaign which helped steer Webb into the 21st century.
Dwight W. Taylor ’49 (1932-2006)
Even as a young boy, Dwight Taylor ’49 had a passion for geology and collecting interesting specimens, especially shells. His curiosity was nurtured at Webb by his teachers, and in particular his mentor and later friend, Ray Alf. In his senior year, Dwight placed first in the national Westinghouse Science Talent Search. With this good start, he forged a distinguished career in the sciences including time with the U.S. Geological Survey in the Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch. Throughout his lifetime and finally using his estate, Dwight Taylor has supported the school and the Alf Museum with gifts totaling $1 million dollars.