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Public Interest and Philanthropy

from The Bridge: Fall 2010 issue

Public Interest and PhilanthropyThe late Robert Mosbacher '47, '49L, U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1989 to 1992, gained renown and respect for his work in politics and the oil business. Mosbacher, who died on Jan. 24 this year, also headed the fund-raising efforts for the House, Senate and presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush and for the presidential races of Gerald R. Ford and John McCain. A civic leader in his hometown of Houston and a world-champion sailor, Mosbacher also was a philanthropist. At his alma mater, he directed his generosity to four areas.

The Robert S. Mosbacher Fund for International Lecturers and Visitors draws scholars and other leaders from around the world to bring global perspectives and experiences to the campus and the Lexington community. The Robert A. Mosbacher Scholarship Fund supports students with career interests in public service or broad issues of governance. His donations to the Lee Chapel & Museum Endowment help ensure that landmark's wellbeing. Mosbacher also was a regular supporter of the Annual Fund.