Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 10:05 AM
Funeral services were pending Tuesday for businesswoman and philanthropist Marion Anderson, who along with her late husband donated millions of dollars to UCLA’s management school and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Anderson died Sunday in Los Angeles, according to UCLA.
She and her husband John, who died in 2011 at age 93, were among the university’s biggest benefactors, donating roughly $40 million to what became known as the Anderson School of Management beginning in 1987. In 2015, Marion Anderson donated $100 million to the school, the largest gift in the school’s history.
“Marion’s generosity will be felt for generations,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “Her philanthropy continues to enhance learning opportunities for our students and to support our faculty so that they cna remain leaders in their fields. And when Marion Anderson Hall is completed, it will provide greater evidence of her unwavering commitment to our campus.”
John Anderson, who earned a business administration degree from UCLA in 1940, was the founder of Topa Equities. The Century City-based holding company has interests in insurance, real estate, wholesale beverage distribution, automobile dealerships and manufacturing. Marion Anderson became chairwoman of the company upon her husband’s death.
The couple were married for 44 years.
“She passed peacefully, adored by her family and the many friends who love and admire her,” said Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School. “She and her late husband, John, are our school’s pillars and namesakes, leaving us a legacy that includes our name, the physical campus that bears it and a defining set of values that they both lived and inspired.”
Marion Anderson was also a major supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, serving on the hospital’s board of trustees since 1989 and co-chairing the Living Proof: The Campaign for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which has raised more than $1 billion.
In 2011, she and her husband donated $50 million toward construction of what became known as the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion.