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Pomona College gets $7.5-million gift for "green" residence hall

Pomona College in Claremont has received a $7.5-million donation to help build a new residence hall with high levels of energy efficiency and the use of solar power, officials have announced.

The gift for the "green" building comes from Rick and Susan Sontag, a couple with deep family connections to the college. Susan Sontag, a Pomona alumna, and Rick Sontag, a former aviation businessman who now manages his own investment firm, have a daughter who graduated from Pomona.

His late uncle was Frederick E. Sontag, who taught in Pomona’s philosophy department for more than 50 years. The $18.4-million Sontag Hall is under construction and is scheduled to open in May 2011, campus spokeswoman Cynthia Peters said. It is part of a two-building complex that will house 150 students.

-- Larry Gordon

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