January 18, 2022

UCLA Alumnus Norman Powell Makes $5 Million Gift to UCLA Library

From UCLA News:

UCLA alumnus Norman Powell has given $5 million to create an endowment that will support the highest priorities of UCLA’s university librarian.

The university librarian is a dean-level position charged with overseeing and providing strategic direction for UCLA’s eight campus libraries and special collections. Ginny Steel, who has held the position since 2013, will be the inaugural Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian.

“As an alumnus and son of our longtime university librarian, Norman knows first-hand that a gift to the UCLA library is like giving a scholarship to every student and a fellowship to every researcher,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “We thank him for his generosity, which will ensure that the library continues to play an essential role in the intellectual journeys of every student, faculty and staff member.”


He is the son of legendary UCLA University Librarian Lawrence Clark Powell, in whose honor Powell Library was named in 1966.


Norman’s wife Armena, who died in 2013, was a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She worked as an advertising copywriter until their marriage and was an avid practitioner of yoga, ballet and tennis.


Powell is a longtime donor to the UCLA Library. His most recent major gifts helped the library create a new position for a data scientist to make accessible data for researchers involved in theUCLA Grand Challenges and enabled the library to acquire the Barbara and Willard Morgan Photographs and Papers.

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