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Alumna Gives $10 Million to Pomona College For Construction of Two New Buildings

CLAREMONT, Calif. —Merging a lifelong interest in the workings of the human mind with her long-time support of her alma mater, Lillian Lincoln Howell, of Hillsborough, Calif., has made a gift of $10 million to Pomona College for the construction of two new academic buildings to house, among other disciplines, a range of programs involving the study of the mind and brain. Howell is a 1943 graduate of the college.

The donation is the largest single gift from a living donor ever received by Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, located in Claremont, Calif.

When completed during the academic year 2006-07, the two new buildings, comprising a total of 92,300 square feet of space, will house classrooms, teaching and research laboratories and faculty offices for a variety of academic departments, including Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano/a Studies, Computer Science, Environmental Analysis, Geology, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Psychology. The buildings will be located at Sixth Street and College Way.

“These new buildings will be home to a number of exciting fields, many of them disciplines that cut across traditional academic boundaries in innovative ways,” said President David Oxtoby. “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. We are deeply grateful to Lillian Howell for her farsighted generosity to Pomona College and its faculty and students.”

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.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.