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December 20, 2000 

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La Jolla residents Judith and Jack White have given a gift of $1.1 million to endow the Judith and Jack White Chair in Cardiology at UCSD School of Medicine. The White’s endowment will support teaching and research in cardiology. UCSD currently has 83 endowed chairs.

"We appreciate the White’s generous gift, which provides welcome support for our educational and research programs," said Anthony DeMaria, M.D., chief of UCSD’s Division of Cardiology. "Their endowment will also benefit the millions who suffer from the devastating effects of heart disease by advancing our efforts to improve prevention and treatment of the nation’s number one killer."

"This endowment is in honor of family members who have had heart disease," said Jack White. Judith has a special interest in cardiology as her father was an internal medicine physician specializing in cardiology in Zanesville, Ohio.

The Whites have lived in La Jolla for more than 25 years. Mr. White founded the first discount investment brokerage firm on the West Coast, Jack White & Company. In 1973, he launched the nationwide discount brokerage firm and was the first U.S. broker to offer customer trading in shares of no-load mutual funds. He built one of the most successful discount brokerages in the nation with 120,000 clients and $12 billion in assets. He sold his business in 1998 to T.D. Waterhouse.

With their interest in heart disease and its research, the Whites became involved with the Cardiovascular Center several years ago and now both serve on its board. Established in 1996, the mission of the UCSD Cardiovascular Center is to combine the expertise of faculty leaders in basic, clinical and cardiosurgical investigation. The physician-scientists affiliated with the center collaborate to improve preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, focusing on new methods for the early recognition and treatment of heart failure, which is the final result of almost all forms of heart disease.

The Whites said they have great hopes for the research and developments that may come from this endowment. "We trust the institution and its people," said Jack White. "We hope our contributions will give more resources for faculty to pursue opportunities to address the problems of heart disease."

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