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Gifts Honoring the Caltech Community

The Caltech Fund is grateful to join donors in commemorating individuals who have made a positive impact on the Institute and its community. Any gift made to Caltech can be made in honor or memory of someone important to you or all of campus. These gifts offer a meaningful way to pay tribute to the lives and accomplishments of our honorees while they further Caltech’s mission to advance society through science, research, and discovery. The Caltech Fund offers a variety of opportunities to help you celebrate these inspirational people.

Gifts in Honor and Memorial Gifts

Gifts may be made in memory of an individual who has passed or to honor an individual’s current deeds. Gifts may be directed to an area on campus that is meaningful to you or the person you are recognizing through your gift.

To make a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, friend, or mentor, please visit our online giving page, and include “In Memory of” or “In Honor of" in the comment box.

Once you have made the gift, Caltech will alert the person you have honored or the family of the person you have memorialized about the gift so that they know they have inspired you to support Caltech. If you would like to include a special message with that notice, please use the contact information below.

Recent Honorees
January to June 2019

Mr. Joshua M. Anderson, class of 2022
Dr. José E. Andrade, Faculty
Dr. Frances H. Arnold, Faculty
Dr. Jacqueline K. Barton, Faculty
Dr. H. Wilhelm Behrens, PhD'66
Mr. Gary N. Billerbeck, BS'69
Mr. William W. Bing, Faculty, Honorary Alumnus
Mr. Paul A. Bonenfant, BS'89, MS'90
Dr. James F. Bonner, PhD'34
Mr. Kent Kresa, Trustee and Mrs. Lynn A. Booth, Trustee
Dr. Harold Brown, President Emeritus
Dr. Joel W. Burdick, Faculty
Ms. Barb A. Catlin, Faculty
Class of 1969
Mr. Michael D. Crawford, EX'86
Mr. Ramesh P. Dave, P'89 and Mrs. Pramodini Dave, P'89
Mr. Robert C. Davidson, BS'38
Dr. Jean E. Ensminger, Faculty
Dr. Peter W. Fay, Faculty
Dr. Richard P. Feynman, Faculty
Dr. Richard C. Flagan, Faculty, P'04
Mr. Olaf M. Frodsham, Faculty
Dr. F. Brock Fuller, Faculty
Professor William A. Goddard III, Faculty, PhD'65
Mr. William P. Governale, class of 2022
Dr. Harry B. Gray, Faculty, Honorary Alumnus
Dr. Ron L. Gregg, BS'69, PhD'77

Mr. Allen Gross, Faculty
Mr. George Ellery Hale, Staff
Dr. Alan L. Helgesson, BS'55
Dr. Bill D. Iwan, Faculty, BS'57, MS'58, PhD'61
Mr. Gary Janik, BS'75
Mr. Arne Kalm, BS'56, MS'57
Mr. George N. Karas, BS'84
Dr. Cynthia J. Beegle-Krause, BS'82
Dr. Edward L. Krehbiel, BS'58, P'83, P'84
Dr. Edward B. Lewis, PhD'42, MS'43
Dr. Barry R. Lieberman, BS'68
Mr. Michael J. Malek, BS'15
Mr. Thomas N. Mannion, Faculty, Honorary Alumnus
Dr. Daniel McMahon, Staff
Dr. Carver A. Mead, BS'56, MS'57, PhD'60
Mr. Roberto A. Mercado, class of 2020
Dr. Elliot M. Meyerowitz, Faculty
Dr. Alan T. Moffet, PhD'61
Mr. Mark D. Montague, BS'93
Mr. David W. Morrisroe, Honorary Alumnus
Dr. Olexei I. Motrunich, Faculty
Mr. Kevin A. Noertker, BS'09
Dr. Nick O'Connor, PhD'17, Staff
Mr. David R. Opperman, BS'47
Dr. Ray D. Owen, Honorary Alumnus
Dr. Paul H. Patterson, Faculty

Dr. Linus C. Pauling, PhD'25, P'52

Dr. Charles W. Peck, PhD'64
Dr. William H. Pickering, BS'32, MS'33, PhD'36
Dr. Jerome Pine, Faculty
Dr. John D. Roberts, Faculty, Honorary Alumnus
President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, Faculty, Trustee, Honorary Alumnus
Mr. Joe Rosener Jr., BS'47
Dr. Ellen Rothenberg, Faculty
Ms. Sabrina Rui, class of 2022
Dr. C. S. Rupert, BS'41
Dr. Rolf H. Sabersky, BS'42, MS'43, PhD'49
Mr. Graham P. Schmidt, BS'17
Mr. Aubrey M. Shapero, BS'19 (expected)
Dr. Eugene M. Shoemaker, BS'47, MS'48
Dr. Leon T. Silver, PhD'55, Faculty, Honorary Alumnus
Mr. Harding E. Smith Jr., PhD, BS'69
Dr. Subra Suresh, Faculty
Mr. Kenneth Urbach, BS'42
Mr. Richard L. Van Kirk, BS'58
Dr. Jerome Vinograd, Faculty
Dr. Ward G. Walkup IV, PhD'14, Faculty
Dr. J. Harold Wayland, MS'35, PhD'37
Dr. Gerald B. Whitham, Faculty
Mrs. Sylvie F. Wirtz, MS'66
Dr. James M. Zahler, MS'02, PhD'05

Mr. Alex Y. Zhang, P'01

Memorial Benches and Trees

Memorial trees and benches offer another opportunity for the greater Caltech community to honor the legacy of loved ones and friends in perpetuity. These contributions carry forward the name of those memorialized and are enjoyed by Caltech’s faculty, staff, and students. Contact us to learn more.

Memorial Gift Testimonials

Below are just some of the members of the Caltech family and extended community who have been commemorated by gifts made in their name. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the families and friends who have made these special gifts to support Caltech.

Dr. Frank J. Nagy MS'78PH, PhD'80PH
"...Frank often mentored younger scientists, and inspired students to take the most demanding math and advanced science classes so they could better contribute to science."

Mr. John D. Gee BS’53, Fleming
"Truly a Caltech 'lifer', John touched the lives of so many within the Caltech family of alumni, faculty, and staff."

Dr. Robert H. Dalton BS'25, PhD'28, P'65
"Dr. Dalton very much enjoyed his time at Caltech and always spoke highly  of the Institute."

Mr. Robert (Bob) K. Weatherwax, Jr BS'66, Page
"He predicted that the main source of failure would be the solid rocket boosters, eventually proved correct with the Challenger accident."

Mr. Richard "Dick" Heppe ENG '47 AE
"He received a Professional Engineer’s degree from Caltech in 1947 and was proud to complete his career as President of Lockheed California Company."


Learn More or Contact the Caltech Fund

Interested in making an honorary or memorial gift or want to know more? Contact the Caltech Fund at 626.395.6323 or caltechfund@caltech.edu.