The University of Southern California has announced a $25 million gift from former trustee Edward Roski, and his wife, Gayle Garner Roski, to endow the eye institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Part of the $6 billion Campaign for the University of Southern California, the Roskis' gift will support initiatives to preserve, restore, and improve the sight of patients in Southern California and around the world. Led by Rohit Varma, professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology and interim dean of the Keck School, the institute's faculty members have, among other things, contributed to the development of the world's most widely used glaucoma implant and optical coherence tomography, a non-invasive imaging technique used to diagnose glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other conditions. In recognition of the gift, the institute will be named the USC Gayle and Edward Roski School Eye Institute.
President and board chair of Majestic Realty Co., Ed Roski is co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Lakers and has served on the USC board of trustees since 2002, including a stint as chair. Gayle Garner Roski is a native of Los Angeles who studied fine arts at USC. The Roskis' previous support for USC includes a $23 million gift to name the USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design and support for the USC Marshall School of Business. Gayle Roski, a plein-air watercolorist of some note, has received cataract treatment at the institute.
"Gayle and Ed Roski stand among USC's most treasured friends," said USC president C.L. Max Nikias. "Generations from now, our community will continue to learn about this extraordinary couple and their enduring contributions to our university. With this most recent gift, the Roskis build beautifully on their already impressive legacy, while widening the scope of their remarkable philanthropy."