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Donors Helped Medical School Vision Become a Reality

The donors who provided significant financial support for the construction of 300 Cedar St. were integral to the realization of the vision for a new research and teaching facility at the School of Medicine.

Dr. A. John and Betty Jane Anlyan

Dr. A. John Anlyan '42 B.A., '45 M.D. and Betty Jane Anlyan, two of Yale's most loyal and generous benefactors, provided an extraordinary gift to fund the construction of the building's education wing.

The Anlyans' early commitment to this project was a key source of encouragement for the undertaking of this major construction project that transforms teaching capabilities at the school. In recognition of their generosity, the education wing has been named Anlyan Hall.

This gift is the latest in a lifetime of giving to Yale by the Anlyans. Their other leadership gifts to Yale have included support for laboratory renovations at the School of Medicine, endowment of a professorship in the humanities and funding for Berkeley College. Dr. John Anlyan received the Yale Medal in 1991 in recognition of his outstanding alumni service to the University.

The name of the education wing also honors the Anlyan family's commitment to medicine and Yale. Dr. John Anlyan devoted his career to thoracic surgery, practicing at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco and teaching as a clinical instructor in surgery at Stanford University.

He also takes pride in his family's Yale tradition, which includes his brothers, Dr. William G. Anlyan '45W B.A., '49 M.D. and Dr. Frederick H. Anlyan '51 B.A.

Starr Foundation

Another key donor to construction of 300 Cedar Street is The Starr Foundation. In recognition of The Starr Foundation's leadership gift, the primary entry to the building will be known as The C.V. Starr Atrium.

The Starr Foundation's gift affirms the centrality of disease-based research in the development of effective therapies for better health care, and the commitment was inspired by the concept of medical research embedded within the design of Yale's newest facility for biomedical research.

The Starr Foundation was established in 1955 by Cornelius Vander Starr, an insurance entrepreneur who founded the American International family of insurance and financial services companies, now known as American International Group Inc. Starr, a pioneer of globalization, set up his first insurance venture in Shanghai in 1919. The Starr Foundation is a leading funder of medicine and health care around the world, and has major programmatic interests in education, public policy and culture.

W.M. Keck Foundation

The Magnetic Resonance Research Center was boosted by an award from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

The W.M. Keck High Field Magnetic Resonance Laboratory will house a 4-tesla magnet used for in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The 4-tesla magnet is the most powerful of the research magnets in the new Center, and it is capable of imaging biomedical pathways in the living human body. This technology will enhance direct insights into the regulation of metabolism in both healthy patients and those with diseases such as diabetes, epilepsy and depression. NMR spectroscopy has the unique capability of revealing how critical metabolic pathways actually work in healthy individuals and how they are altered in disease.

The W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Company, and is now one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations. The Keck Foundation's grantmaking is focused primarily on the areas of medical research, science and engineering. It also maintains a program for liberal arts colleges and a Southern California Grant Program that provides support in the areas of civic and community services, health care and hospitals, precollegiate education and the arts.


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