U-M's School Of Music, Theatre & Dance Gets $8M Donation

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University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman announced Tuesday morning that the School of Music, Theatre & Dance received $8 million to help renovate and remodel its North Campus building.

The gift comes from William K. and Delores S. Brehm, who've given the university $60 million in the past 10 years. William, a 1950 U-M alumnus, graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics.

Total cost of upgrading the school's Earl V. Moore Building, designed in 1964 by Bloomfield Hills architect Eero Saarinen, is pegged at $23 million. Of that, $14 million will come from the university itself, with the balance being donated by Glenn E. Watkins, emeritus professor of musicology. New additions will include a state-of-the-art lecture hall.

University regents still have to sign off on the Brehm donation at their Nov. 15 meeting. In recent years, the Brehms also helped underwrite the addition to the U-M Kellogg Eye Center and founded the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research & Analysis.

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