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Biomedical laboratory named for Ann and Robert H. Lurie

The Board of Regents Sept. 15 approved a resolution to name the Advanced Technology Laboratories building and its new wing the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building. The name acknowledges Ann Lurie's long-term relationship and generosity to the College of Engineering (CoE) in honor of her late husband, Robert H. Lurie.

The recent $8 million gift is part of Ann Lurie's $25 million commitment to The Michigan Difference, a University-wide $2.5 billion fund-raising campaign. The gift will help fund the addition to and renovation of the existing building, located on North Campus. When finished, the building will provide 62,000 gross square feet of research, instructional and administrative space for the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The Luries have a long relationship with the University and CoE. In 1993, Ann Lurie's commitment funded the Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower. In 1999, Ann Lurie and Sam Zell, Robert Lurie's former business partner and U-M alumnus, established the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Also in 1999, Ann Lurie established the Marion Elizabeth Blue Professorship at the School of Social Work in memory of her mother.

Ann Lurie, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree from U-M in 2003, is the president of Lurie Investments, and president and treasurer of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation. Her husband, a U-M alumnus, was a Chicago-based real estate investor who attributed much of his success to his CoE education.

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