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USC School of Dentistry gets $35-million gift

January 20, 2010 |  2:38 pm

USC's School of Dentistry has received what is believed to be one of the largest individual donations to a dental school in the nation -- $35 million -- to enhance programs and services, university President Steven Sample announced today.

The money is a gift from Herman Ostrow, a USC trustee and entrepreneur who graduated from the dental school in 1945. In recognition of the donation, the school is being renamed the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Sample announced at a campus unveiling ceremony.

"This magnificent gift will be a powerful catalyst for innovations and improvements in human health and for building on USC's long tradition of leadership in dentistry," Sample said in a news release.

Degrees offered by the school include a doctorate in dental surgery and baccalaureate in dental hygiene as well as postdoctoral programs in various specialties.

The Ostrow donation will be used to renovate and improve clinical facilities, hire new faculty, support dental and craniofacial research, enhance community service programs in downtown Los Angeles and attract top students, the school’s dean, Avishai Sadan, said in a statement.

-- Carla Rivera