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Date: February 03, 2004

Grandson Inspires UVic Gift

The faculty of business has received one of its largest single donations—a gift of $500,000—to support new scholarships and programs for undergraduate business students.

Mary Orr of Vancouver made the gift as a memorial to her husband Thomas Frederick (Bill) Orr, a well-respected leader in the Vancouver business community.

Orr says her grandson, currently a business student at UVic, inspired her to make the gift. “I’ve seen first-hand how he has benefited from the business education he received at UVic,” she says. “We need leaders in the business world with a broad-based education, and I could see he was having an excellent all-round experience at UVic. I wanted to help future students have that same opportunity.”

“We’re very grateful to Mrs. Orr,” says Dr. Ali Dastmalchian, dean of business. “The gift was a wonderful tribute to her husband, and will contribute to the faculty’s vision of being recognized locally and globally for leadership and excellence in research and business education.”

The faculty has established the Thomas (Bill) Orr Endowment to support scholarships for bachelor of commerce students who combine academic excellence with involvement in UVic athletics or campus organizations, and to enhance teaching, research and programs that address the development of well-rounded leadership skills.

Media contacts:
Ali Dastmalchian (Business) at (250) 721-6422 or dastmal@business.uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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