Honoring Outstanding Service

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, UC San Diego awarded Chancellor’s Medals to two individuals and three couples—the most at any one time in the university’s history—to recognize outstanding support and service to the university. Honorees were Pauline Foster, Audrey Geisel, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Jerome and Miriam Katzin, and Ernest and Evelyn Rady. Conceived in 2000, the medal is one of the highest honors bestowed by UC San Diego for long-standing involvement with the campus and multiple contributions to university life. The awardees are listed below with excerpts from each nomination.

Pauline Foster

Pauline Foster

Pauline Foster has committed her time, talent, and treasure to UC San Diego and many other organizations in our community.

She served as chair of the UC San Diego Foundation and was a founder of the Rady School of Management. Pauline and her family were also instrumental in establishing the Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center and the Ratner Children’s Eye Mobile.

Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Irwin and Joan Jacobs

The outstanding leadership of Irwin Mark Jacobs and Joan Klein Jacobs has spanned nearly the entire history of our great university. It is hard to imagine UC San Diego reaching the national recognition that has been achieved without the contributions from Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs.

Irwin and Joan pledged $110 million—the largest gift in the history of the university—to the Jacobs School of Engineering in 2003. In fiscal year 2009–10, they pledged $75 million to build the Jacobs Medical Center on UC San Diego’s east campus in La Jolla.

Audrey Geisel

Audrey Geisel

Audrey Geisel is truly our angel. She is a generous benefactor who has made, and will continue to make, a significant difference in our community.

The university’s Central Library was renamed Geisel Library in honor of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, following a $20 million gift from Mrs. Geisel. She donated more than 10,000 of her late husband’s original drawings, sketches, books, and other memorabilia to the university’s Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Jerome and Miriam Katzin

Jerome and Miriam Katzin

For more than three decades, Jerome and Miriam Katzin have steadily championed UC San Diego as one of San Diego’s most important assets.

They have given several significant lead gifts that enabled the university to raise further funds for the construction of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, and the Ratner Children’s Eye Center.

Ernest and Evelyn Rady

Ernest and Evelyn Rady

Ernest and Evelyn Rady have a passion for helping others and a talent for helping organizations flourish.

With a $30 million lead gift in 2004, Ernest and Evelyn helped establish the Rady School of Management and contributed an additional $5 million toward the expansion of the business school campus.