Dolores Dore Eccles will be honored Tuesday night for her $5 million gift to establish the Dolores Dore Eccles Broadcast Center, a multi-use facility at the University of Utah.
The new broadcast center will house television stations KUED-Channel 7 and KULC-Channel 9, and KUER radio. It will also be the home for the State Educational Telecommunications Operations Center. These operations will move from their present locations in Gardner and Kingsbury halls on Presidents Circle.Ground is expected to be broken by next spring.
"You look at the support of the Eccles family to the university and it encompasses almost all areas of the university. What a positive force this is for our educational programs and campus facilities," said Mike Mattsson, vice president for development. "How honored the U. is to be able to pay homage to Mrs. Eccles. It will be pleasure to have the broadcast center bear her name."
Eccles, widow of George S. Eccles, who was a founder of First Security Corp., has been a long-standing benefactor of the U. She has made significant contributions to the Health Sciences Center, colleges of business and law, Hinckley Institute of Politics, Human Genetics Institute, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Eyring Archives and Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
She is a patron and benefactor of the arts, civic organizations, health and educational institutions, and many worldwide causes. She recently provided funding for the George S. Eccles Building at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, where research is conducted to help deaf children.
She has served on the board of directors of the Utah Museum of Natural History, and was a founding director of the Utah Civic Ballet, now Ballet West.