Local Philanthropists Daniel and Phyllis Epstein Give $1 Million to UC San Diego

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Daniel and Phyllis Epstein committed gifts to UC San Diego totaling $1 million to fund a variety of causes. (Photo provided by Daniel and Phyllis Epstein)
Daniel and Phyllis Epstein’s move to La Jolla in 1986 started them on a path to becoming loyal advocates and supporters for their neighbor, the world-class University of California San Diego.

“UC San Diego is so important to the community, including contributing to the regional economy and producing talent for our skilled workforce,” said Daniel Epstein. “That is why we support the university in so many areas, from healthcare and research to the arts.”

Recently, the Epsteins committed gifts to UC San Diego totaling $1 million, which contribute to the Campaign for UC San Diego. Their intention is to fund a variety of causes in which they have a personal interest or relationship, including supporting research by internationally-recognized Department of Urology Chair Christopher Kane, M.D.; creating an endowed faculty fellowship at the Rady School of Management; and helping to underwrite “Inheritance,” a chamber opera staged by music professors about gun violence in America that debuted in October.

“It is a time of remarkable potential for UC San Diego thanks to the transformational impact of philanthropy,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Friends like Daniel and Phyllis Epstein are helping to pave the way with their generous gifts, as well as with their time serving on our Foundation Board and Campaign Cabinet.”

The Epsteins helped to underwrite “Inheritance,” an original UC San Diego chamber opera about gun violence in America, based on the true story of the eccentric widow to the Winchester rifle fortune. (Photo by Farshid Bazmandegan)
Earlier, the couple funded two endowed faculty chairs in management leadership at the Rady School of Management, and an endowed faculty fellowship and fellowship in piano performance in the Department of Music.

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