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The college's generous alumnae largely funded the renovation and expansion of the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College.

Two of the largest single gifts in the college's history funded more than half of the $35 million project, which, when launched, was the most ambitious capital construction ever undertaken by Smith.

The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston A $14 million gift from the Houston-based Brown Foundation, Inc. contributed $10 million toward the fine arts complex. The Brown Foundation gift represents the generosity of three women: Isabel Brown Wilson, a 1953 Smith graduate and a member of the college's board of trustees; her sister, Maconda Brown O'Connor, who received a master's degree in social work from Smith in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1998; and their cousin, Louisa Stude Sarofim, who graduated from Smith in 1958.

A $10 million gift, from two anonymous alumnae in New York City, was also a key donation to the project.


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