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UC Irvine to rename Administration Building in memory of founding chancellor


EVENT: UC Irvine’s Administration Building will be officially renamed Aldrich Hall in tribute to Daniel G. Aldrich Jr., the university’s chancellor from 1965 to 1984. The founding chancellor’s family – wife Jean, son Daniel G. Aldrich III and daughter Elizabeth Toomey – will attend the event along with campus leaders who will share memories of the charismatic leader.

DATE: Tuesday, May 22, 2007
TIME: 4-5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Anteater Plaza, outside Aldrich Hall.

BACKGROUND: Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. was appointed founding chancellor of UC Irvine in 1962. He joined the UC system in 1943 and had been dean of agriculture. He accepted the chancellor appointment on the condition that he be allowed to create a land-grant college for the 21st century. He oversaw development of the Irvine campus from blueprints to fully operating academic institution within three years. Aldrich’s background in agriculture and his connection with the land-grant system at the University of Rhode Island influenced his decision to design a campus in which environmental planning and community service would be crucial. He felt that the university should serve the people. He remained UCI’s chancellor for 22 years, retiring in 1984. He came out of retirement twice to serve briefly as interim chancellor at UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara. When he died in 1990, he was chancellor emeritus and had served the UC system for 47 years. His legacy lives on in his family. Daniel G. Aldrich III is senior development associate with the University of California Office of the President, and his daughter, Elizabeth Toomey, is assistant vice chancellor, community and state government relations at UCI.


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