Joseph Neubauer, ’65: 00:05
I’m delighted that we’ve come together to celebrate one of the university’s most dedicated and generous supporters, David Booth. Tonight marks an exciting milestone in his longstanding relationship with the university. David’s philanthropy has allowed the school to continue to produce influential ideas, as well as great leaders.
Robert J. Zimmer: 00:27
David shares the deep commitment of the university to rigor, to inquiry, to analysis, to intellectual challenge, and to intellectual integrity.
Joseph Neubauer, ’65: 00:37
In 2008, he pledged $300 million to support and rename what is now the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. It was and remains the largest gift in the university’s history.
Robert J. Zimmer: 00:52
It is a gift of humility, reflecting not just financial generosity, but a deep generosity of recognition of others, and it is a gift, like all great gifts, of a commitment beyond oneself.
David Booth, ’71: 01:10
We used to walk through Reynolds Club here, and you couldn’t walk through this building without getting besieged with all kinds of materials and literature about one cause or another. I go, “I want to be part of that change.” Improving people’s lives by applying these new ideas really became my public purpose. And so that eventually led to the motivation for creating the gift. So it’s been a fantastic experience. I've been so proud to be part of it. I know you could find people that deserve more than I do, but I can assure you, nobody appreciates it more than I do. Thank you.