Couple gives $45M to expand Drexel’s impact on public health

Philadelphia’s Drexel University is receiving a $45 million gift to enhance its public health school’s impact on urban and global health.

The university on Wednesday renamed the School of Public Health for the donors, alumna Dana Dornsife and her husband, David.

Dana Dornsife grew up in Yardley and graduated from Drexel in 1983. She founded a lighting design firm and runs a cancer foundation. Her husband is chairman of a West Coast steel fabricator.

They say the money will fund scholarships and professorships and expand programs to improve health in cities and water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa.

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It’s one of the largest gifts made to the private university, which has about 26,000 students.Philadelphia lawyer Thomas Kline pledged $50 million last year to the law school bearing his name.

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