Yesterday, Georgetown announced that it received $87 million—the largest gift in University history—from the late Virginia Toulmin.
Toulmin, who passed away in June, donated the money to the University’s medical center with instructions that it be used to support medical research. The gift will fund the Warwick Evans and Mary Mason Washington Evans Medical Research Endowment, which is named after her husband’s grandparents.
“I am deeply grateful to Harry and Virginia Toulmin for their generosity and trust in Georgetown’s ability to use these resources to create knowledge that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” President John DeGioia said in a press release.
After Harry Toulmin died in 1965, Virginia managed his $1.2 million charitable trust as it grew to its present-day value. As a longtime volunteer who served of the University’s Board of Regents, Medical Affairs committee, and School of Nursing Board of Visitors, she had always planned to donate the money to Georgetown.
“Harry really worshiped his grandfather, who was this great man—successful physician and prominent Washington figure,” she said in a 1997 interview. “[E]ven though he didn’t graduate from Georgetown, Harry loved his grandfather and his grandfather loved Georgetown.”