California Academy of Sciences Receives $2.5 Million Gift

SAN FRANCISCO (April 7, 1999) - Thanks to a generous gift from Academy supporters William and Gretchen Kimball, the Academy of Sciences will continue to strive to become one of the finest natural history museums in the world. Proceeds from the new $2.5 million endowment, the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair, will support the position of the Executive Director of the Academy. According to Mr. Kimball, the generous gift is intended to enrich the prestige of the position of Executive Director and to acknowledge the exemplary leadership of the current director, Dr. Patrick Kociolek.

"I love this institution," said Mr. Kimball, former Chair of the Academy Board of Trustees. "For many years, Mr. Kimball has worked to strengthen this institution and we are deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift. It will be tremendously helpful in managing the oldest scientific institution in the West," said Dr. Patrick Kociolek.

Mr. Kimball is Principal of Kimball & Company, a San Francisco firm that coordinates and manages various business operations, including security investments and real estate income property. Mr. Kimball currently serves as co-chair of the Colonial Williamsburg National Council and is Academy Chairman Emeritus. Among his long list of achievements, he has served on the Boards of Levi Strauss & Co., Utah International Inc., Stanford University (President), the California Historical Society, San Francisco Symphony, the Marine Mammal Center of Sausilito, and the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco.

Mr. Kimball received a degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University.