Lawrence Wien, Jewish Philanthropist, Gives $1,000,000 to Columbia U.

Lawrence A. Wien, prominent Jewish philanthropist, former president and ex-campaign chairman of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, has made a gift of $1,000,000 to Columbia University, it was announced here this weekend.

The gift, the university stated, is the first individual contribution to the institution’s $200,000,000 fund-raising drive, announced last month, when the Ford Foundation opened that campaign with a grant of $35,000,000. Mr. Wien’s gift, it was stated, specified that $750,000 of the total be used to endow a faculty chair. Mr. Wien is a graduate of Columbia College, received his law degree at Columbia School of Law, and has been an alumni trustee of the university since 1964. In private life, he is an attorney and realtor.

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