Westmont Magazine A Darling Foundation Gift
The Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation of Los Angeles has pledged $500,000 toward Westmont’s new building for the sciences.
The grant, which was announced in late December, will count toward a $1 million challenge grant for the science building offered by the Mericos Foundation of South Pasadena last July, said Stephen C. Baker, vice president for development.
“I am most impressed with the work being done at Westmont College to provide a quality, Christian education,” said Richard L. Stack, trustee of the foundation. “It is on the shoulders of your graduates that the hopes of our society ride. Such a great responsibility deserves support and encouragement, and I am pleased that the Darling Foundation has the opportunity to participate in your mission.”
The science building will house the mathematics, computer science, physics and psychology departments, and provide critically needed classroom and office space. Along with a new art center, the science building is part of Westmont’s long-range plan to complete the campus.
The two proposed buildings are included in the college’s existing master plan, which the county approved some years ago.
“I’m delighted with this gift from the Darling Founda-tion,” said President David Winter. “It is deeply appreciated, and the foundation’s confidence in Westmont’s mission is a great encouragement.”