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Alumna Donates Largest Single Gift of $10 Million


Merging a lifelong interest in the workings of the human mind with her long-time support
of her alma mater, Lillian Lincoln Howell ’43 of Hillsborough, Calif., has made a gift of
$10 million to Pomona College for the construction of the two new academic buildings that
will house, among other disciplines, a range of programs involving the study of the mind
and brain.

The donation is the largest single gift from a living donor ever received by the College.
“This gift will enable faculty from all of these departments to deepen their engagement
with teaching and scholarship, to bring additional students into their research laboratories and to introduce new generations of Pomona students to the excitement of their fields,” said President David Oxtoby. “We are deeply grateful to Lillian Howell for her farsighted generosity to Pomona College and its faculty and students.”

In recognition of the importance of this naming gift, one of the new buildings will be
named the Lincoln Building, to honor Howell’s family, including her father, John C. Lincoln, who founded the Lincoln Electric Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and her son, Lincoln C. Howell. The other building will be named the Edmunds Building in honor of Charles K.
Edmunds, the fifth president of Pomona College, to whom Howell has said she owes a special debt of gratitude for his support during her first years at Pomona.

While an undergraduate at Pomona from 1939 to 1943, Howell studied science and philosophy and enrolled in a variety of courses, including psychology. She also wrote poetry. “Over the years,” she said, “new fields of study have emerged, including neuroscience and
cognitive science, that are of immense interest to me. With the new buildings, all programs at Pomona involving the science of the mind will be located together. It will be very exciting.”

As owner of the Lincoln Broadcasting Company, she became the first woman to develop a
television station in a top-10 market, with the founding of San Francisco’s KTSF in 1976.
One of the nation’s first multi-ethnic stations, KTSF today offers news and entertainment
programming in 12 languages, reaching an audience of about 1.4 million viewers.
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