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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 - June 2020

Dr. Daniel M. Abrams, BS'00

Mr. L. Sven Anderson, BS'66

Mr. Adolph L. Antonio, Staff

Dr. Tom M. Apostol, Honorary Alumna

Mr. Paul L. Armstrong Jr., BS'51, MS'55

Mr. George Asakawa, BS'39

Dr. Charles D. Babcock Jr., MS'58, PHD'62

Dr. David Baltimore, Trustee Emeritus, Faculty, Honorary Alumnus

Dr. R. Keith Bardin, BS'53, PHD'61

Ms. Zoe G. Beatty, class of 2022

Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, PhD'28, Trustee Emeritus

Dr. Cynthia J. Beegle-Krause, BS'82

Mr. Samuel A. Blazes, class of 2020

Mr. Gary A. Ratner, BS'66

Mr. Peter S. Bloomfield, BS'68

Mr. Joseph Boeke, Staff

Mr. Nelson Briceno, BS'73

Mr. Grant W. Carlson Jr., BS'16

Mr. Charles F. Carstarphen, BS'39, MS'40

Mr. Jonathan K. Chan, BS'20

Mr. Sean Chang, class of 2024

Ms. Yuan-Ching Chang, Friend

Mrs. Lillian L. Coda, Friend

Dr. Don S. Cohen, Faculty

Mr. Mark F. Coleman, Friend

Mr. Connor W. Coley, BS'14

Mr. Philip R. Conley, BS'56

Dr. William H. Corcoran, BS'41, MS'42, PHD'48

Mr. Robert C. Davidson, BS'38

Mr. Alex L. Denko, BS'19

Dr. Ronald N. Diamond, Friend

Mrs. Elena Dimofte, P'10

Jim Drake, BS'46, MS'48

Paul Eaton, Friend

Dr. H. E. Ellersieck, Faculty

Mr. Norman T. Ellett, BS'58

Mr. Stephen A. Emanuel, BS'58

Dr. David A. Evans, BS'73

Dr. Derek H. Fender, Faculty

Dr. Richard P. Feynman, Faculty

Dr. Katie J. Fisher, BS'15

Dr. Aaron N. Fletcher, BS'49

Ms. Courtney I. Folgeman, BS'04

Dr. Joel N. Franklin, Faculty

Dr. Steven C. Frautschi, Faculty

Ms. Mahi Gokuli, class of 2021

Dr. Harry B. Gray, Faculty, Honorary Alumna

Mr. Magnus Hedlund, Mrs. Heather J. Hedlund, BS'95

Dr. Bryan C. Jack, BS'74

Dr. Richard N. Jacobson, PHD'70

Dr. Stephanie L. Johnson, PHD'12

Mr. Henry C. Keck, BS'47

Dr. Donald E. Keenan, BS'73, PHD'77

Mr. Patrick J. Kincaid, Friend

Mrs. Judith A. Klenk, Friend

Dr. James K. Knowles, Honorary Alumna

Mr. Carl V. Larson, BS'52

Dr. Kenneth L. Laws, BS'56

Mr. Pingyang Liu, Staff

Dr. Edward J. Lorenz, PHD'26

Ms. Grace Lu, class of 2022

Mrs. Beverly A. Marks, Friend

Ms. Shirley Marneus, Faculty, Honorary Alumna

Mr. Lyle Mays, Friend

Dr. Robert J. McEliece, BS'64, PHD'67

Mr. Kyle McGraw, class of 2023

Mrs. Betty A. Miller, Friend

Dr. Edwin S. Munger, Honorary Alumna

Mr. Robert L. O'Rourke, Honorary Alumna

Dr. Linus C. Pauling, PHD'25, Faculty

Mr. Robert C. Perpall, Mrs. Doris Perpal, BS'52, MS'56

Ms. Olivia C. Pomerenk, BS'20

Mr. Sky Rashby, MS'08

Mr. Simon K. Ricci, BS'20

Dr. John H. Richards, Faculty

Dr. John D. Roberts, Mrs. Edith M. Roberts, Honorary Alumna

Mr. Ariel J. Rosner, class of 2021

Mr. James F. Rothenberg, Trustee Emeritus

Dr. Rolf H. Sabersky, BS'42, MS'43, PHD'49

Dr. Wallace L. Sargent, Faculty

Mr. Aaron C. Sartin, BS'19

Mr. Lester S. Seidenberg, Mrs. Evelyn J. Seidenberg, Friend

Mr. Nathaniel T. Senchy, BS'02

Mr. Harry H. Shibata, MS'49

Dr. William S. Shipley, P'79

Dr. Tom G. Slanger, BS'56, MS'57

Mr. Jacob J. Snyder, class of 2021

Mr. Albert T. Spaulding, BS'44

Mr. Kenneth Urbach, BS'42

Mr. Grant D. Venerable, BS'32

Ms. Barbara G. Volckmann, Staff, Honorary Alumna

Ms. Laura H. Wesson, BS'81

Dr. Gerald B. Whitham, Faculty

Mr. Victor W. Willits, BS'35

Dr. Charles H. Wilts, BS'40, MS'41, PHD'48

Mrs. Sylvie F. Wirtz, MS'66

Mr. Chenchao You, BS'17

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