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Big-name schools get the big bucks.

Gay and lesbian philanthropists continue to give their alma maters huge endowments for gay studies and related causes.

In the latest instance, New Yorker Doug Roby, who died in January at age 56, willed as much as $2 million to Harvard College Library, according to his estate's executor, the Rev. John Patti Boyer. The funds will be used to collect "materials, books, and literature that reflect a positive view of gay life," Boyer said.

Harvard joins the swelling ranks of colleges and universities that have accepted multimillion-dollar endowments from openly gay and lesbian alumni in the past year, including the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Yale University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
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Title Annotation:contributions to universities by gay and lesbian graduates
Author:Quittner, Jeremy
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 5, 2001
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