Notre Dame alumnus donates $75 million to school

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The University of Notre Dame has received a $75 million donation from an alumnus, the largest gift by a single donor in the school's history.
 
Notre Dame said Friday that the donation from John "Jay" Jordan will be used to bolster its efforts to become one of the nation's top research schools. The donation brings the total Jordan has donated to the university to $150 million.
 
Jordan is a board of trustee member and a co-founder of the private equity firm The Jordan Company, headquartered in New York.
 
The previous largest gift to Notre Dame was $50 million from Joan Kroc, the billionaire widow of McDonald's Corp. founder Ray Kroc. She left the university the money in her will in 2003 for the peace studies institute she helped to create.
 
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