Temple to christen med school after late Inquirer co-owner

Temple University is set to name its medical school after The Philadelphia Inquirer’s late co-owner, philanthropist Lewis Katz.

The newspaper reports that Katz’s son, Drew Katz, will stand-in for his father at Tuesday’s dedication.

Lewis Katz donated $25 million to the Philadelphia university in 2013 with the understanding its medical school would be named for him, only to die in a plane crash in May 2014.

Drew Katz says, “Our whole family is so incredibly proud and honored about this wonderful naming.”

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Katz has filled his father’s seat on Temple’s board of trustees.

Temple’s medical school was founded 115 years ago. It’s been housed in a $160 million building since 2009 that houses about 1,000 students and some 900 faculty.

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