Select Gifts and Commitments


Jeanna and George Beker of the Soho Center, which is dedicated to fostering children’s literacy, made an in-kind gift of more than 116,000 books valued at more than $1.8 million, bringing their overall total to more than 200,000 books valued at $3 million. The books are given out to UVA Children’s Hospital patients.

Ramon L. Espino, former professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and his wife, Graziella, made a gift for the Engineering School’s Graduate Fellows Initiative. J. Davis Hamlin (Col ’54, Engr ’59), his wife, Winnie; R. Dudley White (Engr ’76), his wife, Barbara (Engr ’81); and Paul Wythes, and his wife, Mai Mai (Engr ’90), also made generous gifts.

William J. Gorman Jr. (Engr ’82) and his wife, Karen, made a generous commitment to sponsor 52 East, Gorman’s former Lawn room. Their gift will count toward the JGI Lawn Challenge totals for East 52.

A $2.5 million estate gift from Henry J. Javor (Col ’51) will support need-based undergraduate scholarships at the Architecture School. Through the Bicentennial Scholars Fund it will create a $5 million-plus endowment.

In memory of Humayun Khan (Col ’00) the Capt. Humayun Khan Memorial Bicentennial Scholarship was created by the Khan family with a lead gift from Richard G. Clemens (Col ’62, Law ’65), as well as contributions from alumni, parents, friends, and classmates. Through the Bicentennial Scholars Fund, its initial endowment will total more than $200,000.

Marcia Inger Navratil (Col ’92, Law ’01) has made a planned gift of $200,000 for scholarships in the McIntire Department of Art and $100,000 for scholarships at the Law School.

Larry J. Sabato (Col ’74), University professor of politics and founder and director of the UVA Center for Politics, made a $100,000 gift to launch the Leonard and Jerry Sandridge Bicentennial Scholarship for out-of-state undergraduates.

Sandra F. Stern (Curry ’85) and her husband, Evan, committed $150,000 to support autism-related projects at the Curry School, with a pledge to secure an additional $150,000 in matching gifts.