Luries bequest $12 million for new campus buildings, including bell tower

June 16, 1995

ANN ARBOR—The Engineering Center Building, now under construction on the University of Michigan North Campus, will be named the Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center. And the proposed carillon tower on the North Campus will be named the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower.

“The University has received a gift of $12 million to establish the Robert H. Lurie Fund which is expendable for new campus buildings, including the carillon tower,” U-M Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. said. “The Lurie Fund has lent strategic support to facilities needs within the U-M and the College of Engineering.

“The fund was created under the auspices of the Ann and Robert Lurie Family Foundation, in memory of Robert H. Lurie, a most distinguished alumnus of the University.

“In his undergraduate years, Mr. Lurie served on the Soph Show Committee and was an active member of Alpha Epsilon Pi. Before graduation, he and fraternity brother, Sam Zell, engaged in the successful acquisition and management of a number of Ann Arbor rental properties. Twenty-five years later, Messrs. Lurie and Zell were recognized broadly as one of America’s most remarkable business partnerships. Bob Lurie frequently acknowledged that his natural talents in this area were broadened and fine-tuned in his course of study at the U-M College of Engineering.”

The naming of the two North Campus facilities, approved by the U-M Regents at their June 15-16 meeting, recognizes” the meaningful commitment and long-term relationship between the Lurie family and the U-M which this exceptional gift symbolizes. “


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