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Stuart Klabin set up an endowment for undergraduates 

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Stuart Klabin (A&S '53)

May 21, 2013

Mary Sparacello                                                                     msparace@tulane.edu

Stuart Klabin (A&S ’53) created an endowment at Tulane University that has been making a real difference in the lives of undergraduates.  

The Stuart and Barbara S. Klabin Endowed Fund is used at the discretion of the dean of Newcomb-Tulane College and has provided resources for a variety of programs since its creation in 2002. 

Klabin’s generosity, for example, sent a student to Australia and two students to a leadership institute in California. 

Klabin’s giving to Tulane is inspired by the way Newcomb-Tulane College Dean James MacLaren and Tulane President Scott Cowen have been leading undergraduate education. 

He is proudest of the public service requirement for all undergraduates.  

“That sets Tulane apart from every other school I’ve ever heard of,” says Klabin.  

Klabin lives in Los Angeles and is now chairman emeritus at The Klabin Company, a successful Southern California commercial real estate firm he started in 1961.  

Klabin has been a lifelong proponent of the transformative power of philanthropy. He founded the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Alliance Bank of California. He volunteered for two decades in the cardiac intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he serves on the Board of Governors.   

Even though Klabin lives many miles away, his ties to Tulane University have remained an important part of his life. He has supported a variety of important causes at Tulane in the six decades since his graduation, from undergraduate education to liberal arts to Jewish Studies.  

In 1998, Klabin named a room at Robert C. Cudd Hall at Tulane in honor of his wife – the Barbara Shields Klabin Academic Advisors’ Administrative Suite. The couple has four children and six grandchildren. 

He served on the Tulane Alumni Admissions and the Alumni Careers Council committees and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences and Tulane College. He is currently on the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Advisory Council and hosts parties in California for incoming first-years and their parents.

For Klabin, attending Tulane was a life-changing experience, and one that he wants to share with future generations.  

“It was about much more than what I learned in books,” he says. “Tulane taught me a way of life.” 

Mary Sparacello is a writer in the Office of Development

 

 

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