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Fowlers Boost Chapman Pledge to $100M

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Dale and Sarah Ann Fowler will give $45 million to Chapman University to help it establish an engineering school, on top of a previous $55 million commitment to its law school.

The gift and school were announced as part of Daniele Struppa’s first State of the University address on Friday at the Musco Center for the Arts on Chapman’s main campus in Orange.

The Fowlers in 2013 pledged $55 million for Chapman’s law school, which was renamed the Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Chapman said at the time that it was the second largest gift ever to a U.S. law school.

Dale Fowler made his fortune in real estate and is a Chapman graduate, as are two of the couple’s children.

The Fowlers in 2007 gave $60 million to Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., where three of their grandchildren have attended.

Chapman as part of the State of the University address also said it will award an honorary doctorate to José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, the Spanish tenor, conductor, arts administrator and entrepreneur.

Domingo has recorded more than 100 complete operas, performs in six languages, serves as general director of the Los Angeles Opera, and owns the Pampano restaurant in New York City, his website and Wikipedia entry said.

—Paul Hughes

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