From the Chancellor

Administration Building Renamed Aldrich Hall

February 12, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

In a tribute to the leadership and distinguished service of UC Irvine’s founding chancellor, the Administration Building will be named for Daniel G. Aldrich Jr.

Appointed founding chancellor of the Irvine campus in 1962, Aldrich was charged with building a land-grant college for the 21st century. Within three years from the development of blueprints, the campus was fully operational. He served as chancellor for 22 years, and was widely respected for his integrity, enthusiasm and skills with people.

After his retirement in 1984, he was actively involved in civic and professional activities. He coached Little League and competed for – and won – medals in the U.S. Master Track and Field Championships and Senior Olympics. At his death in 1990, he had served the UC system for 47 years.

We are pleased to honor his significant contributions to UC Irvine with the naming of Aldrich Hall. A dedication ceremony will take place later in the academic year; details will be announced soon.

Michael Drake, M.D.

Chancellor Drake with Aldrich family.
Chancellor Drake greets Chancellor Dan Aldrich’s family: from left, wife Jean Aldrich; daughter Liz Toomey, assistant vice chancellor, community and state government relations; and son Dan Aldrich III, senior development associate, UCOP

Aldrich Hall
Photo depiction of the renamed Aldrich Hall. Credit: Bill Ross