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SDSU-IV receiving

May 19, 2001

$50,000 from CHS

grad Luis Nogales

By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Los Angeles venture capitalist and former Calexico High School Bulldog Luis G. Nogales is donating $50,000 to the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus.

The money is just the start of Nogales' planned philanthropy, according to Mayor Pro Tem John Renison.

Renison is director of SDSU-IV's office of advancement. He said Nogales' initial donation will be the start of a scholarship fund to which Nogales will contribute to periodically.

In deciding to make the gift to the university, Nogales said in a written statement, "My parents love this town for being so good to their children and I am forever grateful for all that the Calexico schools and SDSU did for me.

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"A scholarship helped me start my college education; I hope to extend the same opportunity to others. My father and mother worked hard to encourage and help their children attend college; they also taught us to help others."

To honor Nogales' parents, SDSU-IV will be dedicating an administrative conference room in their honor. At a ceremony Monday the room will be dedicated to Alejandro and Florencia Nogales.

Alejandro Nogales was a lifelong resident of Calexico and Florencia Nogales still lives in the city.

Luis Nogales went from Calexico to SDSU, where he earned a bachelor's degree. In 1969 he graduated from Stanford with a law degree.

The career path that led him to the founding of his venture capital firm, Nogales Partners, took him all over the world and back.

He has served as president of United Press International and Univision. He was assistant to the president of Stanford University while serving as a White House fellow.

He has been involved in higher education, serving as vice chairman of the board of trustees of Stanford and a board member of the California Post-Secondary Education Commission.

He is a trustee of the Ford Foundation and the Getty Trust. He has served on numerous state and presidential commissions appointed by presidents Carter and Clinton.

Nogales has been on a number of corporate boards, including Levi Strauss & Co., the Bank of California, the Adolph Coors Co. and Edison International.

Nogales resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Rosita. He has two daughters: Alicia Nogales-Little and Maria Cristina Nogales.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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