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Occidental College to get $5-million donation

April 19, 2012 | 11:16 am

Occidental College

Occidental College on Friday will mark the 125th anniversary of its founding with a carnival and dinners. But an additional reason to celebrate, officials say, will be the announcement of a $5-million donation to provide a revamped home for all its international programs.

Occidental president Jonathan Veitch is to announce that alumnus and investment executive Ian McKinnon and his wife Sonnet will make the contribution to renovate Johnson Hall, a nearly century-old building, for what will be called the McKinnon Family Center for Politics and Global Affairs. The donation is reported to be the largest ever to the liberal arts college from living individuals. Ian McKinnon is managing partner of Ziff Brothers Investments in New York.

Friday's Founders Day Celebration marks the 125th anniversary of the date when the California secretary of state signed incorporation papers for the Los Angeles school, which is now in Eagle Rock. Among Friday’s events are an 1887-style carnival, complete with a Ferris wheel.


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Photo: A group of high school students take a tour of Occidental College. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times