University Of Guam Receives Large Land Donation

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Estimated $4 million gift is largest in history

By Jerick Sablan

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, March 5, 2015) – The University of Guam recently received its largest donation to date from a former Guam resident, according to a school press release.

Linda Look, daughter of the late businessman Dwight Look, recently donated 1.2 million square meters of land located in the villages of Inarajan, Piti, Chalan Pago, Talofofo, Yigo and Yona with an estimated cash value of $4 million, the release stated.

"I want the property to be used now so that current and future students are able to obtain their educational goals," Linda Look stated in the release.

Dwight Look moved to Guam in 1953 and lived here for more than 40 years, starting out in the construction industry, and eventually acquiring more than 8,000 acres of land on the island, according to Pacific Daily News files.

Look, a graduate of Texas A&M University, donated a 1,146-acre lot to his alma mater in 1992, and, at the time, it was the single largest gift to the school, according to Texas A&M.

Texas A&M's College of Engineering has since been named the Dwight Look College of Engineering.

Dwight Look was chairman of T&K Development Corp., which developed the Ladera Tower condominium project in Mangilao, the first high-rise project of its type outside of Tumon, Hagåtña and Tamuning, according to Pacific Daily News files.

"This is the largest single contribution that UOG has received and we are extremely grateful to her for remembering Guam, her childhood home," UOG President Robert Underwood said of Linda Look.

UOG Endowment Foundation Executive Director Mark Mendiola said the group is thankful for the contribution to the university.

"This estate planned giving is an example of how members of our community can help build a campus for many students and generations to come," Mendiola said.

The University of Guam 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign effort to raise $30 million aims to provide Guam's students with the necessary tools and resources to compete in an ever-changing global economy, the release states.

"UOG's vision of a 21st century campus is also my own," Linda Look stated.

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