SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Headline of release should read: $5 Million Estate Gift to Santa Clara University School of Law from Frederick and Leota Gonzalez is School’s Second-Largest Donation (instead of $5 Million Estate Gift to Santa Clara University School of Law from Frederick and Leota Gonzalez is University’s Second-Largest Donation)
The corrected release reads:
$5 Million Estate Gift to Santa Clara University School of Law from Frederick and Leota Gonzalez is School’s Second-Largest Donation
A couple who are among Santa Clara University School of Law’s most stalwart supporters have made a transformative gift, valued at more than $5 million, from their future estate. The gift from Frederick M. and Leota Van DeVeere Gonzalez aims to ensure that the school has a place to house future deans or visiting professors, and funds to support student scholarships, research, and other strategic initiatives.
This estate gift is the second-largest donation to Santa Clara Law in the school’s history.
"We are extremely pleased by the creativity and magnitude of this gift,” said Santa Clara Law Dean Lisa Kloppenberg. “This endowment will support students with scholarships and provide the school with some fascinating housing opportunities for special visitors and faculty members in transition."
The gift comes from Mr. Gonzalez, a triple graduate of Santa Clara University with a chemistry undergraduate degree, ’71, MBA ’73, and JD ’77, and his wife of nearly 40 years, Leota. Mr. Gonzalez is a veteran high tech lawyer whose career history includes stints as general counsel of Corsair Components, SonicWALL, Polycom, and Extreme Networks. He has served on the Law School Board of Visitors for more than 30 years and the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors for over 20. Throughout his career, he has advised hundreds of law students through the law school’s many mentorship programs.
Mrs. Gonzalez is retired from serving as a program manager for various aerospace and military contracting companies including Lockheed, Mesurex, and Teledyne. She is a graduate of San Jose State University and supports the couple’s philanthropic endeavors, while also tending to the couple’s rose garden featuring more than 100 roses.
“Our nearly 40-year relationship with Santa Clara Law has been one of the most gratifying endeavors in our lives,” said Mr. Gonzalez. “We’ve seen up close the good that is so often accomplished by those who graduate from Santa Clara Law. We wanted to contribute a significant portion of our legacy to making sure that caliber of learning continued.”
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