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JUNE 2005
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McEvoy Bequest Names Diller Cancer Research Building Lobby
Jay McEvoy in UC Berkeley's 1932
Blue and Gold
Third-generation San Franciscans, Jay, Clare, and Alicia McEvoy had a passion for philanthropy. Never marrying, the siblings spent their lives together in the Sea Cliff home built for their parents, devoting their energy to local organizations such as St. Monica's Church, the Schools of the Sacred Heart, Dominican University in San Rafael, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The McEvoys were also generous supporters of UCSF, spurring pathbreaking innovations through the Chancellor's Cancer Research Fund. Now, that remarkable legacy of giving continues.

A $6.2 million bequest from the McEvoys' combined estates will name the McEvoy Family Lobby in UCSF Mission Bay's newest state-of-the-art facility: the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building. Construction on the building kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 5.

Designed by noted architect Rafael Viñoly, the five-story structure will provide more than 160,000 gross square feet for UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers-with cutting-edge laboratories and an atrium space designed to facilitate easy collaboration among investigators. The spacious lobby will create a crucial link bridging the structure's garden entrance and its atrium.

"The Diller Building will unite some of the world's most talented cancer investigators under one roof," says UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, MD. "The McEvoys' outstanding legacy will live on through the discoveries of those researchers."

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