When it comes to UCLA, Paul Terasaki’s ’50, MA ’52, PhD ’56 allegiant generosity is as storied as his accomplishments. And that is saying a lot. The world-renowned scientist, who was the first to develop a tissue-typing method to assess compatibility among organ donors and recipients, is one of the university’s most accomplished graduates and faculty members.
A Gift to Expand Engagement
Terasaki is also one of UCLA’s most loyal benefactors. And he stepped up again this summer with a $1 million gift to the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. The center, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, is one of the country’s leading centers for the study of Japan.
The gift is earmarked for program endowment. “The funds will be used to promote new initiatives,” says Terasaki, “especially those that focus on community engagement.” The new gift also will help sustain the center’s annual Global Japan Forum, an ongoing examination of Japan and Japanese culture in a global context.
This latest gift from Terasaki and his wife brings their total monetary giving to the Terasaki Center to $6 million, and to UCLA to nearly $60 million. What Terasaki has provided in the way of loyalty, leadership, and influence is unquantifiable.
Published September 2015