Remembering Marion Anderson

Campus Update

Chancellor Block shares news of the passing of longtime UCLA supporter Marion Anderson.

I am deeply saddened to share that Marion Anderson, one of UCLA’s most loyal and generous supporters, died Sunday.

As many of you know, Marion’s dedication to this campus was extraordinary. Her transformative vision, and that of her late husband, John, helped the UCLA Anderson School of Management become one of the most respected business schools in the world.

Marion’s generosity will be felt for generations. Her philanthropy continues to enhance learning opportunities for our students and to support our faculty so that they can remain leaders in their fields. And when Marion Anderson Hall is completed, it will provide greater evidence of her unwavering commitment to our campus.

In 2015, in announcing her latest gift, Marion said she wanted to impact the lives of future global leaders and provide access to UCLA for students from all walks of life. Marion believed that she had a responsibility to the next generation – particularly to those most vulnerable.

Our community has lost a great champion, and I have lost a dear friend. I invite you to read her obituary to learn more about Marion and her legacy.

  • Gene D. BlockChancellor