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U of Denver College of Law Receives $20 Million Gift

DENVER, Sept. 20, 2004, 9News - Donald and Susan Sturm, owners of Denver-based American National Bank, have given $20 million to the University of Denver College of Law.

The gift is the largest single donation in the 112-year history of the law school and among the largest gifts ever to the university, according to a DU news release.

The College of Law will be named in honor of Donald L. Sturm, who graduated from the school in 1958.

"This gift comes at an important time for the College of Law," said Dean Mary Ricketson. "We continue to improve in every way: remarkable students, the faculty's outstanding academic achievements, a dedicated staff and world-class facilities," Ricketson added.

"My moving to Denver to attend the law school at D.U. in late 1955 was one of those unplanned circumstances that become life-changing events," said Donald Sturm, a University trustee since 1992. "The legal education I received enabled me to become a professional and enjoy various successful careers," Sturm said.

The Sturms have given more than $29 million to the University of Denver in various funds and gifts, including the Donald L. and Susan M. Sturm Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, a three-part program established in 1999 to promote outstanding teaching.

During the past three years, the DU College of Law has risen in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Graduate Schools," reaching 77th for 2005.