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Dr. Seuss widow gives $2 million to UC San Diego renovation project

December 16, 2010 |  5:44 pm


Audrey Geisel, widow of Dr. Seuss author Theodor Geisel, has donated $2 million to UC San Diego to help in the renovation project for University House, the private residence of the UC San Diego chancellor.

Geisel, a resident of La Jolla, has had a long relationship with the campus, donating more than 8,000 of her late husband's original drawings, sketches, books and other memorabilia. In 1995, the university library was named in honor of Theodor Geisel after his widow donated $20 million.

"Ted and Audrey were two of UC San Diego’s earliest community supporters, reminding us that education should be joyful and imagination can be powerful," said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.

University House was determined in 2004 to be uninhabitable because of its roof problems and other conditions. Officials hope the renovation can begin next year and be completed in the summer of 2012, The overall price has yet to be determined.

The donation comes as the university is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Audrey Geisel. Credit: UC San Diego