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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Lincoln couple gives $12.35m to Harvard

LINCOLN

Jerry and Phyllis Rappaport of Lincoln have given $12.35 million to permanently endow Harvardís Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

The Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation and Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers announced the gift today.

The Rappaport family and foundation have provided more than $2.75 million in grants to fund the Institute since its founding in 2000. Todayís endowment gift will increase that support to more than $15 million.

Phyllis Rappaport said in a statement that the institute has created "opportunities for critical dialogue on tough issues. It has forced people to step outside of the box and has established powerful mechanisms for corrective and constructive feedback and advice.Ē

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