The Pigott family ties to the university stretch back to the early 1920s; the
Braun family traces its ties to the founding of the university. L.W.
Jr.s association with the university spans more than 50 years. He has been
active in fostering appreciation for Stanford history and historic buildings.
Development officers acknowledge that the renaming of the three Quad corners
(the fourth, Math Corner, was previously renamed the Alfred P. Sloan Mathematics
Center) may not sit well with everybody. But the need to repair and upgrade the
campus quake-damaged buildings outweighed those concerns.
Fifty million dollars is a lot of money, said development officer
Hickethier. To try to raise that in [very small] increments is a daunting
so we really needed some people to step forward in a very major way in order to
give us a fighting chance of achieving that goal. These three donors have done
that. They have really breathed new life into the Restoration Fund. ST
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