UCSD library gets largest bequest from noted alumna

City News Service

The estate of Alice Goldfarb Marquis, who penned eight books on art and popular culture, bequeathed $1.1 million for the libraries at UCSD, the school announced Tuesday.

The gift from the Alice G. Marquis Living Trust is the largest bequest ever to the libraries, and will be used to expand collections and services, and allow a library study area to be open for 24 hours a day, according to library officials.

A portion will be set aside for the existing H. Stuart Hughes UCSD Libraries Endowment for Modern European History.

“Alice Marquis was a stalwart supporter of the UC San Diego Libraries, as this generous bequest clearly demonstrates,’' Brian Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University librarian, said in a press release. “Given the fact that Alice was a UC San Diego student who spent considerable time studying and tapping into the diverse resources in Geisel Library, I believe she would appreciate that we are using a portion of these funds to open a new 24/5 study facility that will enable students to spend more time in the library.”

Marquis earned her doctorate in Modern European History from UCSD in 1978. She died of cancer two years ago at age 79.