Few things made Vivian Forde happier than to see a busload of schoolchildren unload in front of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration to inspect the satellites, spacecraft models and meteorite specimens that command its lobby.

Unassuming donor quietly gives the largest gift ever to Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration

A true ‘Renaissance woman,’ Vivian Forde loved cinema, music, literature, the San Francisco Giants and space exploration, for starters. She also loved to be generous.

What it doesn’t say is that Forde — who worked for more than 30 years as a communications professional at Chevron — quietly saved enough during her lifetime to leave the school its largest gift ever, $3 million to create an endowment for SESE students, community outreach and research projects in perpetuity.

Almost 10,000 K-12 students every year come through the home of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building IV, learning about science. Vivian Forde’s gift will enable SESE to expand and enhance offerings like this to share its discoveries.

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