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Agnes Varis, H03

About her and her giving

A Tufts trustee and member of the Board of Overseers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, philanthropist Agnes Varis is among the university's most generous supporters. She has given naming gifts for the new campus center as well as for a lecture hall and for a hospital ward for cats at the Cummings School; university-wide, she has been a benefactor of the Granoff Music Center and donated the Agnes Varis University Chair in Science and Society. A pioneering entrepreneur in the generic drug industry, Varis has donated millions to causes in politics, education, health care, and the arts.

Why she supports Tufts

"I see all these young people who want to change the world, which gives me hope for our country," she says. "Tufts builds citizens of the world. That's our mission, and boy, do we need it more than ever. I have a lot of pride in the school. When I see someone walking down the street with 'Tufts' written across his or her shirt, I'll go up and introduce myself: I say, 'I'm Agnes Varis—I'm a trustee.'"