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.”

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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