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Edward Merrin, A50, and Vivian Merrin

About their gift

Trustee Emeritus Edward Merrin, A50, and his wife, Vivian, have committed $30 million to support financial aid at the university. The gift was made on the occasion of Mr. Merrin's 60th reunion last year and will come to Tufts from the Merrins' estate. When received, the gift will create the Merrin-Bacow Fellows Scholarship Fund in honor of Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow.

About them

The Merrins, parents of three Tufts graduates, Jeremy, A80, University Trustee Seth, A82, and Samuel, A85, are longtime benefactors whose past gifts in support of students and faculty total nearly $9 million.

Edward Merrin served on Tufts' Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1991. He also served as chair of the Board of Overseers for the Arts, playing an instrumental role in securing funding for the Aidekman Arts Center on the Medford/Somerville campus.

The Merrins are not only Tufts parents, but also Tufts grandparents. Mr. Merrin's late brother, Seymour, A52, and cousin, Michael, A64, also are alumni.

Why Tufts

Mr. Merrin, founder of the Merrin Gallery in New York, says, "My wife and I have always wanted to make gifts that could change the world in some way, even save lives.

"President Bacow has said that great universities are made up of great people. If we are to be a truly great university, then we should support the very best students. There may be someone out there now with a child who would never go to college without this aid."

President Bacow says, "I am moved beyond words that Ed and Vivian would make such a gift in my honor. That their gift supports financial aid, my highest priority as president, makes it that much more meaningful. Countless future students will have the opportunity to study at Tufts because of the Merrins' generosity."