Harvard's health school to get record $350M gift

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BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University's School of Public Health is receiving the largest single gift in the university's long history.

The $350 million endowment, to be formally announced Monday, comes from a philanthropic foundation established by the family of the late Hong Kong real estate developer T.H. Chan.

The school will be renamed for Chan. The only other school within the university to bear an individual's name is the Harvard Kennedy School, named after John F. Kennedy.

Julio Frenk, dean of the public health school, says the gift from The Morningside Foundation will help students and faculty working to stop pandemics such as Ebola and malaria, and also fund research of global health threats stemming from war, poverty and environmental hazards.

Proceeds also will be used to expand student financial aid.