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San Diego Couple Pledges $4M to SDSU Library

Alumni Charles and Robin Luby are longstanding supporters of SDSU.
Charles and Robin Luby hope the gift will make a lasting impact on students.
Charles and Robin Luby hope the gift will make a lasting impact on students.

San Diego State University received a $4 million commitment from alumni Charles and Robin Luby. 

The gift, which will come from their estate, was announced when the couple received a Monty Award this past Saturday. The Montys honor outstanding SDSU alumni for their contributions to the university, the region and the nation.

The Luby's planned gift will support the SDSU Library and have a lasting impact on students. 

We’re very much committed
to making the university continue
to be the best it can...

Gift to help library meet needs of modern students


“This generous gift from the Lubys will go a long way to enhance the education of all SDSU students,” said Jon Cawthorne, interim dean of SDSU Library and Information Access. 

“The library is integral to student success. It supports research and class work, but sometimes just simply provides a quiet place to study. With this donation, we will be able to meet the changing needs of the modern student.”

The library is the most visited building on campus, with outstanding book, journal and special collections. Library computers, printers, wireless connections, study rooms and media are in constant use.  Around-the-clock hours and website access support a new generation of students.

Charles and Robin Luby

The San Diego couple have been active volunteers over the past several decades, serving on the SDSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and supporting a number of campus committees.

Charles, now retired from his career with General Atomics, received his bachelor’s (1959) and master’s (1964) degrees in chemistry from SDSU. Robin, a retired school teacher, also received her bachelor’s degree in English from SDSU in 1961.

“We’re very much committed to making the university continue to be the best it can and if there’s a way that we can help in what the goals are for the university, we’re going to do that,” Robin Luby said.

About The Campanile Foundation

All gifts to San Diego State University are accepted and administered by The Campanile Foundation (TCF), an official 501 (c) (3) auxiliary organization of San Diego State University.

For more information on planned giving, visit the Planned Giving webpage.



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